By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
A Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Yiaga Africa has reiterated its confidence in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in conducting free and fair election come October 10 in Ondo state.
The board Co-Chairman of the organization, Dr Aisha Abdullahi stated this during a media parley in Akure, the state capital on Thursday.
In a paper presented and delivered titled “WATCHING THE VOTE”, the organization mentioned that it is not unaware of the consistent trend of violence and arms stockpiling across some local governments in the state.
“Yiaga Africa’s pre-election observation findings revealed a consistent trend of violence and arms stockpiling across some local governments in the state”
Dr Abdullahi, in the paper presentation also mentioned instances where female party supporters were allegedly beaten and stripped naked in Ọba Akoko for wearing branded T-shirts and face caps of a political party.
The organisation frown at all the anomalies that may truncate the smooth running and conduct of the election, thereby, urging the election umpire to do everything possible within her reach, in making the Saturday election a memorable one devoid of malpractices.
Therefore, the organization has advised INEC and security agencies to beam their searchlights on the riverine areas of the state known for election rigging and the threats to the lives of polling officials and materials posted in the region.
Also, they requested the early commencement of polls in those areas through the provision of logistics coupled with the heightened security deployment to protect the materials.