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PEACEFUL BY-ELECTION IN KWARA STATE… LITTLE HITCH ON CARD READER AND LOW VOTERS TURNOUT

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The Ekiti/Irepodun/Isin/Oke-Ero by-election in Kwara State on Saturday witnessed low voters’ turnout with few cases of card reader malfunctioning.

the election in Omu-Aran, Oko, Aran-Orin, Ilofa, Odo-Owa, Osi, communities in Irepodun, Oke-Ero and Ekiti Local Government Areas of the constituency said the election was peaceful and orderly.

The distribution of both sensitive and non-sensitive material had earlier been concluded by the Omu-Aran Zonal Office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to various polling units across the constituency on Friday.

Substantial numbers of security personnel including police, civil Defence, the army and immigration were seen patrolling major streets in the affected communities and also stationed in the polling units.

Accreditation and voting were momentarily held up in some polling units as INEC engineers were seen going round the affected units and making frantic efforts to restore some card readers found to have malfunctioned. A low turnout of voters and card malfunctioning was all

Mr Abdulraheem Olawuyi, the All Progressives Congress Candidate in the election, expressed confidence that he would come out victorious in the by-election and also expressed satisfaction with the security arrangement.

Mr Saheed Alatise, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, also expressed satisfaction with the exercise. He commended INEC for the prompt distribution of electoral materials and also the high-level security arrangement put in place.

A middle aged-man identified as Sanni Bello was arrested by a group of election monitors and handed over to the police at Ilaro polling unit of Omu-Aran Ward 2.

He was promptly whisked away by the police to prevent any breakdown of law and order.

The Olomu of Omu-Aran, Oba Abdulraheem Adeoti, praised the politicians for the high-level maturity exhibited so far and urged them to maintain the tempo, both Olawuyi of APC and Alatise of PDP hail from the same Omu-Aran community.

 

 

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