The Centre for Democracy and Development, CDD cddwestafrica.org, duly accredited by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to observe the Osun State Governorship Election on August 9, 2014, observed the election in 20 local governments in the state.
For the purpose of the gubernatorial election, INEC deployed 10,432 electoral officials to administer the election. INEC also accredited national and international observers for the polls. There is heavy security presence in the state. However, the security agents have conducted themselves in an orderly manner as at the time of filing this report.
INEC deployment of logistics is commendable as election materials arrived ahead of accreditation in most of the polling units across the state. The accreditation process commenced timely in majority of the polling units across the state and ended around 11.30-11.45 a.m. There were few cases of missing names on voters register but we commend the INEC Situation Room for the prompt resolution of reported cases.
CDD observed that voting commenced around 12.30 p.m. in most of reviewed local governments; however there were few reported incidents of disagreements over folding of ballot papers before handing out same to voters by the electoral officials. For instance, in Ward 2 Polling Unit 14 in Ejigbo local government, this led to a disagreement and delayed timely commencement of voting.
CDD also observed that in some polling units, electoral officials refused assistance to the aged and persons living with disabilities contrary to the INEC guidelines.
CDD observed that party agents representing Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), All Progressive Congress (APC), Progressive People’ Alliance (PPA), Peoples’ Democratic Movement (PDM), Labour Party ( LP) and National Conscience Party (NCP) were present in most polling units despite the fact that about 20 political parties contested in the election.
CDD also observed that political parties did not comply with the electoral laws and INEC guidelines on the removal of posters across the state as campaign posters and billboards were seen littering polling units on the day of election.
CDD witnessed an average voter turnout during the gubernatorial election. The atmosphere in the state is calm and peaceful and results have started trickling in as at the time of filing this report.
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