CDD hails INEC over Ekiti guber poll, calls for arrest, prosecution of vote buyers

The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), one of the civic groups which observed the June 18, 2022 governorship election in Ekiti State believed the electoral umpire did well in the management of the process.

In a preliminary statement, which assessed the accreditation, voting and functionality of technology used for the poll, the group enthused that the electoral umpire had largely acquitted itself well with the way it managed the logistics for the election.

Describing the conduct of the election as ‘generally peaceful’, CDD said reports from its field observers indicated there were no widespread reports of violence or disruptions in the election.

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The group deployed 205 observers across the 16 local councils of Ekiti State during the exercise.

The group also hosted a Fake News Hub, which was dedicated to tracking and fact-checking of misinformation and disinformation capable of undermining the credibility of the election.

On the effectiveness of INEC’s management of the poll, the group reckoned that some progress was recorded in the administration of the polls. CDD however noted that, there remains several areas of concerns, which call for stronger management of elections.

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CDD said, “Data from the areas covered by our observers indicate that 86 per cent of INEC officials had arrived at their polling units by 8:30 a.m.

“Data from CDD-EAC Electronic Observer Platform further showed that 74 per cent of INEC poll officials addressed voters before the 8:30 a.m. official time of poll opening. CDD-EAC observer reports showed that by 8:30 a.m., 64 per cent of polling units visited had opened, and between 8:30 and 9:30, another 29 per cent had opened. The data indicate that 93 per cent of the Polling Units in the areas observed had started voting by 9:30 a.m.”

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