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Ekiti 2022: APC chieftain lauds INEC on accreditation system

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disclosed that it will systematically embark on the commencement of physical registration of voters in its state and Local Government Area offices after consulting stakeholders and reviewing the security situation across the country.

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Prof. Adio Afolayan, has described the seamless operation of the BIMODAL accreditation system for the conduct of the ongoing governorship election in Ekiti State by the Independent National Electoral Commission as excellent.

Afolayan, who is also the Commissioner for Local Government Affairs in Ekiti State, gave the commendation on Saturday.

He spoke in an interview with newsmen at Efon-Alaaye after casting his vote.

INEC is adopting BIMODAL Accreditation System in which accreditation and voting were done simultaneously in Saturday’s governorship election.

According to Afolayan, it took less than five minutes for a voter to get accredited and vote simultaneously.

He said: “Comparing INEC now to the previous elections, arrangement is assuming excellence.

“So far, INEC arrangement is so superb and okay.

“Within five minutes, one is accredited, do the voting.

“Unlike before, you accredit, hours later you still queue to cast your vote.”

Afolayan also lauded the peaceful conduct of the electorate, saying people conducted themselves peacefully without any bickering.

Newsmen report that Afolayan voted at Ward 4, Unit 4 at Efon-Alaaye in Efon Local Government Area of Ekiti State.

However, some voters in Ifaki-Ekiti raised the alarm that the Bi-Modal Voter Accreditation System machines were not functioning well in many areas of the town.

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They consequently called on the INEC to intervene so that they do not miss out in electing candidates of their choice, which would officially close at about 2:30pm.

Newsmen report that at Omi-Oniyo Voting Unit in Ifaki-Ekiti, the hometown of Segun Oni, the candidate of the Social Democratic Party, out of the over 500 voters registered in the area, only two persons had been able to vote as at about 9:30am.

An elderly woman, who spoke on the development on condition of anonymity, said she had been on queue since about 7:09am, but has yet to be accredited, not to talk of voting.

Newsmen further report that same scenario was playing out in some polling units in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.

Meanwhile, Fidelix Nweke, the Coordinator, Women and Youths Pathfinders Initiative, Abuja, lauded the peaceful conduct of the electorate in Efon-Alaaye during election.

Nweke told newsmen in Efon-Alaaye that there has not been any report of violence in areas visited by the group.

He also lauded the massive turnout of voters for the exercise.

He said: “We are in Ekiti to observe the election process.

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“We have been going round and in the areas visited so far, the turnout had been very impressive.

“We wish it can continue like this.

“We have not seen any atom of violence anywhere.

“It has been very peaceful.

“We also wish it can continue like this till the end of the election.”

Nweke called on the people to ensure that peaceful atmosphere being witnessed now was maintained.

The group coordinator said that before any election could be adjudged free, fair and credible, it must be peaceful.

He said: “From what we have seen so far, if the election continues like this till the end of the exercise by remaining peaceful, this election can be adjudged as a peaceful election.”

Also, Kemi Elebute-Halle, the governorship candidate of the Action Democratic Party, insisted that she was still in the race.

Elebute-Halle, addressing newsmen, said: “It is a lie concocted by those afraid of my rising profile.

“Having come this far, it would be cowardly of me to back out.

“I’m set to win this election.

“In another 30 minutes, I will be joining my supporters to cast my vote.”

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