Group faults Edo election, slams INEC for electoral irregularities

Group faults Edo election, slams INEC for electoral irregularities

- A civil society group, CODER, has berated INEC over the conduct of the Edo election

- INEC conducted the governorship election in Edo on Saturday, September 19

- The group, however, said the election was fraught with irregularities

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A civil society group, Coalition of Democrats for Electoral Reforms (CODER), has faulted the conduct of the just concluded Edo governorship election held on Saturday, September 19.

Legit.ng reports that the group in a statement signed by its national coordinator, Temitope Shaba and the spokesperson, Comrade Ayodele Adewale, alleged that although the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has praised itself for a job well done, the elections had several electoral irregularities.

CODER insisted that there were different cases of reported violence at several places during the course of the elections, adding that one of such cases was an alleged shooting of an INEC staff at RA 10, unit 6 in Etsako Central local government area of the state.

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Group faults Edo elections, slams INEC for electoral irregularities
An INEC official displaying result sheet at the state collation centre in Benin City, the capital of Edo state.
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The group which deployed a number of electoral observers to monitor the election explained that its observers came across cases of electoral violence, vote-buying and other irregularities across the state.

The statement read:

“CODER’s observers deployed to various Local Government Areas recorded incidences of vote buying, intimidation of voters, shooting, ballot snatching, non-compliance with COVID 19 protocol by voters and incidence of incomplete ballot from INEC which almost led to serious chaos at one of the polling units in Oredo local government area."

The group further asked INEC to make sure the upcoming election in Ondo state is more organised than that of Edo state so as to increase the confidence of the electorate in the electoral process and point a way forward for future elections in Nigeria.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that CODER asked political actors in the Edo election to shun violence and allow citizens of the state to speak through the ballot.

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It was reported that the group acknowledged that there was unnecessary tension in the state. It maintained that the tension was caused by the incumbent governor and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Godwin Obaseki, and the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

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