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Ekiti election: Civil society organisations protest alleged rigging by parties

Ekiti election: Civil society organisations protest alleged rigging by parties

- The just concluded governorship election in Ekiti state has been condemned by a coalition of observer groups and civil society organisations

- The coalition said the result announced by INEC did not reflect its findings during the election

- It vowed to open up on its findings by Wednesday July 18, 2018 with comprehensive details of rigging and malpractice at the poll

A coalition of observer groups and civil society organisations that claimed to have monitored last governorship election in Ekiti state condemned the results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

According to Sahara Reporters, the coalition expressed dissatisfaction over the results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

INEC had announced Kayode Fayemi, candidate of the All Progressives APC, as the winner of the election.

We have evidence of malpractice in Ekiti election - Group

Coalition of Civil Society organisations protest at the Embassy of the United States of America in Abuja. Photo source: Coalition Of CSOs

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The coalition said the result announced by INEC does not reflect their own findings during the election.

Haruna Farouk and Adachi Okoro, heads of the monitoring coalition, said it was regrettable that INEC and security agencies could be used to short-change the people of the state.

The coalition said: “We have evidence of election malpractices where a particular party in connivance with security personnel went about inducing the electorate with cash and coercing them to snap the ballot papers in order to receive cash gifts from the agents of the party in question.

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“The level of intimidation that occurred during the elections on Saturday was disheartening and shouldn’t be allowed to stand in modern-day Nigeria.

"We witnessed a situation where loyalists of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP and its agents were harassed and intimidated so as to make it difficult for them to participate in the elections.

“Other incidents that we recorded will be made open in our findings, which will definitely shock Nigerians and expose the conspiracy of INEC, security agents and the APC to deprive the people of Ekiti from expressing their constitutional rights.”

The coalition, however, vowed to open up on its findings by Wednesday July 18, 2018 with comprehensive details of rigging and malpractice at the poll adding it had in its possession evidence of massive rigging by a particular political party

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Kayode Fayemi of the APC won the Ekiti state gubernatorial elections.

The former minister and governor defeated Professor Olusola Eleka, the current deputy governor of Ekiti state and the anointed candidate of Governor Ayodele Fayose.

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