Governor Amosun admits low turnout as lapses threaten Ogun LG poll

Gov. Ibikunle Amosun of  Ogun has admitted that there was a low turnout of  voters in Saturday’s local government election in the state.

The governor told newsmen that only about 25 percent of  voters turned out in his Ward 11, Unit 12,  Ita-Iyalode polling centre in Abeokuta metropolis.”It was not the same as what happened when we did the general election in 2011. “Any election that you are having 25 percent participation, I think it is not too bad however.
“If you look at our registration in this polling unit, we have about 25 percent of  those that registered.
“You will discover that even the one they had last week in Edo State, if you look at the turn out really, they had about 30 to 40  per cent turn out.
“Fillers from most of other areas show the same thing, particularly  in  Ogun Central Senatorial District,” he said.
Mr. Amosun also lamented the logistic problems that had attended the conduct of the election, saying  it was  a learning process.
There were many complaints of delisting of names from the voters’ register in Ilaro, Aiyetoro, Imeko-Afon and Yewa-South council areas.
There was also a low turnout at many of the polling units in Abeokuta metropolis as well as  Ijebu-Ode and Ijebu- Igbo area.
In Obafemi-Owode council area in Abeokuta metropolis, many voters  were yet to be accredited  as at 11:35 a.m. while in Oba ward, only one out of four polling units  had an electoral officer on duty.
Complaints were also rife at Aiyetoro, Imashayi and Ijohun in Yewa North council area over the issue of missing names on the voters’ register.
Temporary voters’ register as lapses threaten poll
Meanwhile, to check the several  lapses that emerged in the accreditation process for  Saturday’s  local government election in Ogun, the State Independent Electoral  Commission (OGSIEC) opened  temporary voters’ register  for  those whose names were discovered missing.
Accreditation, which was to commence at 8 a.m. in the 236 wards spread across the 20 council areas,  did not start until about 10:30 a.m. in many polling units in Sagamu, Ifo, Otta and Odeda council areas.
There were many complaints of  delisting of names from the voters’ register in Ilaro, Aiyetoro, Imeko-Afon and Yewa-South council areas.
In Obafemi-Owode council area in Abeokuta metropolis, many voters  were yet to be accredited  as at 11:35 a.m. while in Oba ward, only one out of four polling units  had an electoral officer on duty.
Complaints were rife at Aiyetoro, Imashayi and Ijohun in Yewa North council area over the issue of missing names on the voters’ register.
There was also a low turn-out at many  of the polling units in Abeokuta metropolis as well as  Ijebu-Ode and Ijebu- Igbo area.
Mutiu Agboke, the spokesman of  the OGSIEC, confirmed that the commission was faced with many “ challenges. ’’
He, however, described the issue of  missing names on the voters’ register as omission rather than delisting.
Mr. Agboke,  who described the electoral exercise as a learning process, said OGSIEC had already contacted the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) on the problems.
He said the outcome of the consultation was the  temporary measure put in place whereby people with missing names were to produce their voter cards and then register their names in a booklet.
The state Commissioner  for Information and Strategy, Alhaji  Yusuph Olaniyonu,  described the election as  as being  “ on course ”  although he expressed  regrets over  the issue of  missing names.
He, however noted that the challenge had affected all political parties, adding that the ruling ACN was not exempted.
Gov. Amosun did his accreditation around 9.15.a.m at the African  Church Central Primary School,Ita -Iyalode, at Ward 11 unit 26.Mr. Amosun expressed the determination of his administration to ensure the election was free, fair and credible.
The governor, who told newsmen after his accreditation that the election would remain a benchmark, accused the opposition of attempting to frustrate the efforts  of OGSIEC in conducting a credible election.
The governor,  however, charged the people of the state to come out en masse to exercise their franchise
But Ireti Oliyide, the PDP Chairman in  Ogun, expressed dissatisfaction with the  conduct of the election.
Mr. Oliyide alleged that no fewer than 10 councillorship candidates of the party had been delisted without prior information to the party at Odogbolu Council Area.
He also alleged that Form EC8 (1) in which the election result was  supposed to be recorded was not available in most of the polling centres in Ogun West and Ogun East Senatorial Districts
 

 


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