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GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION IN EKITI STATE: YIAGA CONDEMNS VOTER BRIBERY, SOLICITS INTENSIFIED VOTER EDUCATION

GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION IN EKITI STATE: YIAGA CONDEMNS VOTER BRIBERY, SOLICITS INTENSIFIED VOTER EDUCATION

 

 

 

 

A Non-governmental Organization YIAGA Africa, has identified some emerging trends requiring urgent attention ahead of the June 18, 2022 governorship election in Ekiti State.

This was disclosed at a Pre-Election Observation Press Conference for Ekiti Governorship election, held in Ado-Ekiti, the State Capital.

The Director of Programmes, YIAGA Africa Cynthia Mbamalu highlighted some of the concerns to include rising spate of voter Inducements, poor publicity of mock election exercise by INEC, allocation of voters to new polling units, technology adoption and the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BIVAS), INEC’s decision on invalid registration and possible impact on the process and permanent voters card rate.

The election which according to the Director, would be the first election to be conducted under the Electoral Act 2022, and the second statewide election to be conducted using the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BIVAS) was also said to serve as a testing ground for assessing INEC’s preparedness for the 2023 general election.

Mbamalu said for the Ekiti governorship election, YIAGA Africa has deployed long term observers to the pre-election environment, adding that findings in the pre-election phase indicates that INEC, remains consistent in implementing it’s preparatory activities in line with election time table which among others includes the training of personnel for the election, deployment of materials and the collection of the ongoing Permanent Voters Card (PVC).

According to her, the data from the voters register has revealed that 988, 923 voters are expected to vote in the election with more women registered to vote at 51%.

” Young voters between the ages of 18-34 constitute 38.56% of the voters in Ekiti State, with women making up over 50% of the registered voters, the women in Ekiti have the power to determine the outcome of the election as analyzed by the Director of Programmes, YIAGA Africa,

The organization called on INEC to ensure uniformity in its processes and consistency in the application of its guidelines across all polling units and LGAs in order to build confidence in the process.

She added that having observed poor participation in the mock election exercise which was attributed to poor publicity, YIAGA, urged the commission to improve communication on its processes and procedures ahead of the election.

The NGO called on National Orientation Agency (NOA), to keep intensifying activities of voter education/information and extend their activities to the ward level.

YIAGA Africa, equally opposed any sort of voter bribery as it undermines the democratic process.

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