EU observers, Ekiti gov, Fayemi salute massive voters turnout
London, Feb. 23, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The European Union (EU) said it is satisfied with the voters turnout in Saturday’s presidential and the national assembly elections. EU’s chief observers mission, Maria Arena stated this after visiting some polling units in Abuja metropolis.
Speaking to journalists at area 10 Post office polling unit, a place with about five voting cubicles, Maria said the turnout was was massive and significant. She advised voters to conduct themselves in peaceful manner.
“We have seen that some polling units open later than 8am in the morning. But we will have a final report on that. This election is important to Nigerian people and we have seen a lot of them at the polling units and we are also calling on those yet to go out that they should try and do so.,” Maria said.
According to her, “We have 90 observers from the EU spread all over the country. We are collecting information coming from all over the country.” “We will collect this data all over the country. We are not here to give an impression but we are here collecting data and information and we will make our report public on Monday 25 February, 2019,” Maria said.
The observations by the EU observers follow a similar pattern from well meaning Nigerians and some other international observers who equally expressed deep satisfaction with the turn-out and conduct of the election.
Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi hailed voters turn-out in Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections, saying the postponement of the elections from last Saturday has not affected the turn out of the electorate in the State as the people trooped out en masse to exercise their franchise.
Speaking in Isan Ekiti after voting at Ogilolo unit 09, the governor also said that he was not aware of any incident of vote-buying in any part of the State; adding that reports he got showed that the election was without violence in virtually all parts of the State.
Dr Fayemi however noted that there were a few reports of card reader malfunction in a number of areas but added that INEC officials rose to the occasion. .
“In my polling unit, everything has been relatively smooth, the card reader worked perfectly. The process was smooth. The officials were disciplined and the voters were orderly in their conduct. The report I received from across the state so far, at least one can say that things are okay.