The quick intervention of soldiers in Ward 7 at Adigbe, Obafemi-Owode Local Government of Ogun, prevented an out break of bloody violence in Saturday’s council elections.
Investigation revealed that irate youths in the area became agitated when they discovered that their names were missing in the voters’ register
The names of many voters were missing in the register released by the Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission(OGSIEC).
The youths, who took the development as an attempt to disenfranchise them, began to molest other voters while attempting to snatch ballot boxes at the ward.Youths from the rival political groups engaged in a free-for-all, with some of them brandishing cutlasses.
However, the prompt response of a military team to the distress call made by the election officials prevented the situation from degenerating further.
Restive youths in Sagamu Local Government attempted to disrupt the election due to the late arrival of voting materials.
Form EC8(1) in which election result was to be recorded at the poling centres, it was learnt, got to many centres late.
Some of the voters returned home over likely breakout of violence, resulting in low turnout.
Muyiwa Adejobi, the spokesman of Ogun command, confirmed the pockets of violence in some areas.
He, however, said eight people had so far been arrested while additional security men had been drafted to trouble spots.
The conduct of the election had been dogged by controversy over missing names on voters’ register as well as late arrival of election materials.
These may have resulted in the voter apathy reflected in the poor turn out witnessed across many parts of the state.Mutiu Agboke, the spokesman of 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.
Gov. Ibikunle Amosun admitted that there was a low turn out for the election.
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.