The International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law has hailed the 2012 Ondo governorship election as a solid reflection of the will of the people of Ondo State.
In a statement on the election that saw the re-election of Governor Olusegun Mimiko of the Labour Party, the organisation said the conduct and outcome of the election had helped in the process of institutionalising the sanctity of the electoral ballot in Nigeria.
The statement, signed by the chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mr. Emeka Umeagbalasi, said, “Unlike in Nigeria’s previous elections, particularly the pre-2011 elections where dead voters and votes held sway, the Ondo State election voters and votes were not robotically created.
“With 1,638,950 registered voters and 624,659 voted; out of which 594, 244 votes were valid and 30,415 invalid, the Ondo election is demographically and scientifically incontestable. It also passed the litmus test of common sense.”
But Umeagbalasi noted with dismay the refusal of the losers of the election to accept defeat even when the facts were clear and credible, describing it as unhealthy for the democratic process.
“Today, for reasons of parochial and material interests, defeated politicians, their parties and media collaborators have refused to adopt the natural and universal best parameters for determining credible polls and their results,” he said.