An election monitoring group, Project SwiftCount, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission to correct the mistakes made during Saturday’s Edo State governorship election ahead of a similar exercise in Ondo State on October 20.
A member of the National Steering Committee of the PSC, Rev. Zachariah Sanjumi, at a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday, also alleged irregularities in some areas.
He said, “Critical incidents are electoral irregularities, whether intentional or inadvertent, that could undermine the integrity of the overall process if they were to occur at significant levels and rates. From 834 observers, only 40 critical incident reports were received.
“The most frequently reported incidents were late arrival of election materials, intimidation or harassment and underage voting. The less frequently reported incidents included: eligible accredited voters were not permitted to vote, while accreditation of voters took place after voting has commenced.”
The PSC therefore recommended that, “Only 26 per cent of the polling units were opened on time; this compares poorly with Kebbi and Sokoto states. INEC must address this issue for the governorship election in Ondo. INEC should reconcile the voter registers and display the same at least two weeks before any election so that registered voters will not be disenfranchised.
“INEC is encouraged to implement continuous voter registration to ensure that all eligible voters are able to register and are not disenfranchised for any election in which they wish to participate.”