- The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has tasked Nigeria's electoral commission to ensure timely collation of results in difficult areas at the forthcoming Ondo governorship election
- The CDD urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure that it does not fall short of the people's expectation at the polls
- According to the CDD, it is important for INEC to maximise the use of its election result viewing portal to allow easy access to results
A frontline pro-democracy group, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) on Thursday, October 8, called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure that results from hard to reach areas in Ondo state are collated speedily during the governorship poll.
Speaking in Akure at the launch of the centre's Election Analysis Centre (EAC) ahead of Saturday's, October 10, Ondo governorship poll, CDD director, Idayat Hassan, said it is important for INEC to reciprocate the confidence which the electorates in the state have on it.
Hassan said INEC should ensure the commission or its staff deployed to the state for the election do not disappoint in the area of logistics and result collation come October 10.
She urged the commission to ensure that it also does everything within its power to have election materials arrive at the polling units on time. Hassan said:
"INEC should therefore consider the nature of the terrain in some parts of the state, especially the riverine and mountainous nature of some local government areas."
According to Hassan, the centre believes that INEC will strategically factor these areas in its deployment plans to ensure there is no late arrival of materials.
She said these factors will have to be considered in the aspect of reverse logistics, especially with respect to the collation of results.
Also, given the terrain difficulty in those LGAs, CDD urged INEC to ensure its results viewing portal is capable of documenting results, especially from areas which will pose a terrain problem.
The group similarly urged the commission to find ways to mitigate the effect of the largely partisan disposition of transport unions, including the National Union of Road Transport Workers and the Motorcyclists Association.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the CDD had said that there may be reduced vote trading in the forthcoming Ondo governorship election.
The CDD said its analysis is based on the activities of political actors and their parties in Ondo state.
The centre also said that the trends discovered from the Ondo state's EAC will determine the credibility of the state's governorship poll on Saturday, October 10.
In other news, some suspected hoodlums had attacked a former governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose, during a grand campaign of the governorship candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Eyitayo Jegede in Ondo state.
A viral video which captured the incident showed the hoodlums charging towards Fayose and removed his cap while he was making his way to the podium of the campaign.
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