APC Chief Praises INEC for Effective BIMODAL Accreditation System
A leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Prof. Adio Afolayan, has described as excellent the transparent operation of the BIMODAL accreditation system for the conduct of the ongoing gubernatorial election in Ekiti by the Independent National Electoral Commission. (INEC).
Afolayan, who is also the Commissioner for Local Government Affairs in Ekiti, gave the praise in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Efon-Alaaye on Saturday after casting his vote.
INEC is adopting the BIMODAL accreditation system, in which accreditation and voting were conducted simultaneously in Saturday’s gubernatorial election.
According to Afolayan, it took less than five minutes for a voter to get accredited and vote simultaneously.
“Comparing INEC now to previous elections, the organization is excellent.
“So far the INEC arrangement is so superb and correct. Within five minutes you are accredited, vote, unlike before you are accredited, hours later you are still queuing to vote,” said Afolayan said.
He also praised the peaceful conduct of the electorate, saying people behaved peacefully without any quarreling.
NAN reports that Afolayan voted in Ward 4, Unit 4 at Efon-Alaaye in Efon Local Government Area of Ekiti.
However, some voters in Ifaki-Ekiti raised alarm that the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BIVAS) machines were not working well in many areas of the city.
They therefore called on the CENI to intervene so that they do not fail to elect the candidates of their choice, in the exercise which, according to them, would officially close around 2:30 p.m.
NAN reports that at the Omi-Oniyo polling unit in Ifaki-Ekiti, the home town of Segun Oni, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) candidate, out of more than 500 registered voters in the area, only two people were able to vote, around 9:30 a.m.
An elderly woman, who spoke about the development on condition of anonymity, said she had been in line for around 7:09 a.m. but had not yet been accredited, let alone vote.
NAN further reports that the same scenario was playing out in some voting units in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
Meanwhile, Mr. Fidelix Nweke, Coordinator of Pathfinder Initiative for Women and Youth in Abuja, hailed the peaceful conduct of the electorate in Efon-Alaaye during the gubernatorial election on Saturday.
Nweke says NAN to Efon-Alaaye
that no cases of violence were reported in the areas visited by the group.
He also praised the massive turnout of voters in the exercise.
“We are in Ekiti to observe the electoral process; we have been around and in the areas visited so far the turnout has been very impressive.
“We wish it could continue like this; we saw no atom of violence anywhere.
“It has been very peaceful; we also wish it could continue like this until the end of the elections,” Nweke said.
He called on the population to ensure that the peaceful atmosphere we are witnessing now is maintained.
The group’s coordinator said that before an election can be deemed free, fair and credible, it must be peaceful.
He said, “From what we have seen so far, if the election continues like this until the end of the fiscal year remaining peaceful, this election can be considered a peaceful election.”
Also, Mrs. Kemi Elebute-Halle, candidate for the post of Governor of the Democratic Action Party (ADP), insisted on the fact that she was still in the race.
Elebute-Halle, speaking to reporters said, “This is a lie concocted by those who are afraid of my rising profile.
“Having come this far, it would be cowardly of me to back down.
“I am ready to win this election. In 30 minutes I will join my supporters to vote,” she said.