The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has lauded the State Independent Electoral Commission (EDSIEC) for the smooth conduct of the local government council election, noting that the election process was peaceful in most parts of the State.
After casting his vote at Ward 4, Unit 19, in Emokpae Model Primary School, Oredo LGA, Governor Obaseki expressed his satisfaction with the day’s events.
He said, “The turnout was very impressive in spite of the rain. There was quite a considerable turnout and it showed interest in the local government election. This means that the political parties did well by going around sensitizing and mobilizing the electorates and the people.
“The process has been smooth and peaceful as a lot of people are still hanging around to see the end and conclusion of voting. I am very impressed by what has happened as the organisation by EDSIEC has gone fairly well. You have so many people still here at almost the closing of the poll, which shows that we have a fairly decent turnout.
“I have been getting updates from across the State and this seems to be the trend all over. I have not received any report of violence yet and pray everything goes smoothly.”
Regarding complaints about delayed arrival of voting materials in certain areas, Governor Obaseki expressed his confidence that the voting hours would be extended to allow more people to cast their votes.
“I believe that voting time will be extended and allow more people to vote, I am sure that EDSIEC will extend the time for voting. I’m sure voting time will be extended instead of allowing voting to end at 2:30 pm. I’m sure they will extend and allow citizens and voters to exercise their franchise.”
When asked about his expectations for the election’s outcome, he stated, “I think EDSIEC has done well, I will expect that popular candidates will win, but don’t forget that the PDP went full out to campaign for this election, I don’t know how much the other parties mobilized but I know that PDP fully mobilized in most of the State.
“I expect that you will find some opposition here and there, but I know Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) went all out to mobilize for this election and I don’t know of other political parties,” he noted.