By Jubril Bada & Kayode Olabanji
Political parties in Ondo State on Saturday commended the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, over improved process in the House of Assembly election.
The leading All Progressives Congress, APC, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the Social Democratic Party, SDP, gave the commendation while x-raying the Assembly election.
Speaker, Ondo State House of Assembly, Mr. Bamidele Oleyelogun and candidates of political parties that participated in the State House of Assembly election described the election as peaceful and hitch-free.
They also lamented the low turnout of voters during the poll.
Oleyelogun, who cast his vote at exactly 8:50am at Unit 11, Ward 10 lsarun/Erigidi, lgbara-Oke said the turnout was not encouraging, just as he expressed hope that more voters will come out to exercise their franchise.
While commending INEC officials for the early arrival of voting materials to polling units, Oleyelogun said the results of the election will be accepted by political parties that participated in the poll.
Former House of Representatives aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Akure Norrh/Akure South Federal constituency, Babatunde Faro, said the turnout in his PU 15, ward 10 was lower than the vote cast in the last Presidential and National Assembly elections, even though the INEC and security agents arrived the polling unit on time.
He pointed out that there was no report of violence, saying that the BVAS deployed to the unit was functional.
Faro, who cast his vote at Unit 15, Ward 10 lsolo Akure expressed worries over alleged plan by INEC not to upload the election results at polling units to its result viewing portal IRev as directed by the court.
Candidate of the AII Progressives Congress (APC) in the election for Akure South Constituency 2, Stephen Abitogun, described the low turnout of electorate as a development that was not good enough for democracy.
He charged residents to have sense of responsibility by voting during election.
Speaking with journalists after casting his vote at PU 4, Ward 11, LA Primary School, Stadium Road, Abitogun disclosed that there was improvement in the use of BVAS.
He called for voters’ education and enlightenment of general public on voting.
On his part, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for lfedore Constituency, Olubunmi Ayodele said the election was peaceful as INEC officials displayed high level of maturity to conduct free and fair election.
He appreciated electorate in his PU 10, ward 1, ljare for coming out to vote.
Also, the PDP candidate for Akure constituency 2, Adeolu Adeniran said the election was free and fair, adding that BVAS was functional in his PU 30, Ward 2.
He called on INEC to transmit the election results immediately after counting of votes in each PU.
Also in Okitipupa, APC Candidate for House of Assembly, Okitipupa Constituency 1 Mr. Chris Ayebusiwa commended the process of the ongoing House of Assembly election.
Ayebusiwa who cast his vote at his unit 11, Idoka Ward 2 in Ilutitun, Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State also commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the smooth process.
He also hailed the security agencies for beefing up security as well as the large turnout of voters to vote for their preferred candidate.
In the same vein, Mrs. Olawunmi Fayemi, of All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for House of Assembly, Ilaje Constituency 2 in Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State described the election as generally peaceful.
Fayemi who cast her vote at 12:06 p.m. at her unit 16, Mahin Ward 4, commended voters for their turnout and the peaceful manner they conducted themselves to vote for their preferred candidate.
She also hailed the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) for their promptness and hitch-free accreditation and voting process
According to her, the whole process has been so peaceful as the voters turnout was a bit high.
Also speaking, Mr. Timothy Ayesuwa, SDP candidate for the Ondo State Member of Assembly, who casted his vote at Ilutitun Ward 2, Tasere Unit 11, said he was disappointed with the low turnout of voters.
“I have moved around to check for myself, the turnout was so low, but notwithstanding I still talk to people to know it is their right to vote if they did not vote they would not be able to complain about the government.”
“It is when you vote that you can say a government is not good,” he said.
Ayesuwa, whose expectation is to win and become the MHA, said the election is not a do-or-die affair.
“According to him, “I’m going there to represent my people, and i’m confident that I will win and if otherwise, to God be the glory. I will restrategize.
He, therefore advised voters to stop requesting for money before voting. They should know that whoever emerged as the winner is automatically owing them.
He further commended the INEC for the process which he said was peaceful and hitch-free.