Ogun: Good turnout, voters lament late arrival of materials, faulty card readers
There was good turnout of voters across the three Senatorial districts of Ogun State, in yesterday’s Presidential and National Assembly Polls.Although the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials arrived late in some polling units, voters were unperturbed, as they waited for the electoral materials to arrive.
There was a great improvement in logistics, although card readers malfunctioned in some areas.When The Guardian visited Ijako polling centre, at the Primary School in Ijako Church Bus Stop at 8:44am, voters were seen waiting in the sun, while security personnel attached to the unit were already seated.
It was the same scenario at the polling unit at Dalemo Bus Stop, Sango, as the electorate who were tired of waiting endlessly started returning home.At Ibese area, Yewa North Local Government, INEC personnel and materials did not leave the collation centre till 10:30am. This was due to protest by transporters engaged by INEC over poor pay.
For the period the protest lasted, activities were grounded at the collation centre, which covers 20 polling units. A Presiding Officer, who pleaded anonymity, disclosed that only N5, 000 of the N30, 000 agreed was paid.He added that even adhoc staff engaged by the electoral umpire have not received their training allowance as at, yesterday morning.
When The Guardian spoke with the Election Officer 2 of the collation centre, Alhaja Modupeola Akinwande, she confirmed the protest, but added that the issue had been addressed.
Governor Ibikunle Amosun described the poll as peaceful, but lamented that the process was too slow. Amosun, the All Progressives Congress (APC) Senatorial candidate for Abeokuta Central Senatorial district, however, expressed confidence that the country will eventually get things right.