By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
The much awaited Presidential and National Assembly elections currently ongoing across the county recorded massive turnouts in many parts of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
WESTERNPOST observed that voters, contrary to expectations of possible voter aparthy as a result of last week rescheduling of the elections, by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), trooped out enmasse to perform their civic duties.
The exercise so far has been peaceful and turnouts in places visited such as wards 11 Oluyole, where the Governor Abiola Ajimobi has voted, Ward 12 ,Unit 6 Sabo, Ward 12 Odoona, Wards 12 and 15, Felele, and Ward 3,Iwo Road all in Ibadan witnessed heavy turnouts.
Security situations has also been favourable as security presence were on ground to forestall any form of electoral violence and malpractices.
However, there were reported cases of lateness of adhoc staff of INEC to polling centres as well as shortages in electoral material such as ballot papers.
The South West Coordinator, Arewa Community for Atiku, Alhaji Bala Abdulkadri Jada who spoke with newsmen lamented shortfalls in ballot papers distributed to the centres.
He said INEC had all of a red 1000 ballot papers to each of the units in Ward 6 , of the Sabo area, only to discover that some wards were given 500 and some 600, describing it as unacceptable.