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Patigi Bye-election: Observers Urge INEC to Address Underage, Commercial Activities at Polling Units 

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By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara

The accredited Coalition of Election Observer Groups by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have observed an uncontrollable presence of underage around polling units.

They also observed commercial activities in major polling units at the just concluded Patigi state Assembly Constituency bye-election in Kwara state.

The Coalition, however, enjoined the Election umpire to address the issue in its future elections in the state.

The coalition observer groups made the observation on the bye-election while addressing newsmen through a spokesperson, Comrade Victor Kalu on Sunday.

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The Coalition adjudged the Saturday’s by-election in Patigi Constituency of the State House of Assembly as free, fair, credible and transparent.

“There was an obvious all-round improvement on the part of INEC regarding the conduct of the last Saturday bye-election at Patigi state constituency,” he said.

He said the by-election took place as scheduled under a conducive and peaceful atmosphere, without any complaints whatsoever from political parties and candidates in terms of the credibility of the election.

“There was an obvious all-round improvement on the part of INEC regarding the timely distribution of election materials and its arrival in various polling units resulting in timely commencement of election in all the units,” he added.

The Coalition appreciated the people of Patigi State Constituency for their proper conduct during and after the election, especially for showing maturity and putting away the stings of violence.

They observed that the turnout of voters for the election was impressive but relatively low in some areas due to inadequate voter sensitization and mobilization for the election by all concerned stakeholders.

“The Patigi State Constituency Bye-election actually took place as scheduled on the 14th March, 2020 across the entire constituency,” he explained.

They called on government and the election management body to consider engaging committed Civil Society groups on intensive civic voter education, sensitization and mobilization ahead of every election to encourage voter participation in elections.

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