Eligible voters massively turned out for Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti State.
The turnout was unprecedented. Election process began with accreditation in most polling stations, commencing at about 8.30 am.
In some of the polling centres visited in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, by WESTERN POST correspondent, the accreditation process was peaceful with the voters being attended to by the electoral officers.
At Ward 9 Unit 8 in Adebayo area of the state capital, voters who were mainly students and staff of the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital trooped out for the accreditation.
18 Parties Participating in the Election
A total of 18 political parties are participating in the election.
But three candidates are known to be the strong contenders in the governorship election. They are incumbent Governor Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress, Mr. Ayo Fayose of the Peoples Democratic Party and Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele of the Labour Party.
There are 732, 166 registered voters in the state, 2,195 polling units and 2,803 polling points.
The Independent National Electoral Commission had said only voters with Permanent Voters’ Cards would vote in the election.
There was tight security for the election.
Soldiers, men of the Nigerian Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps were on ground to maintain law and order while operatives of the Counter Terrorism Unit of the Police were seen manning major roads for stop and search operations.
Some soldiers were seen sauntering around some polling stations.
A helicopter was seen hovering over the air as part of surveillance for the election.
In one incident the soldiers waylaid and arrested some men at a polling station in Ado-Ekiti. It was not clear the offence the men committed.
The unit’s presiding officer and some voters said materials for the election arrived early and the process had been peaceful.