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Ekiti State governorship election as litmus test for 2023 polls

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 Ekiti State governorship election as litmus test for 2023 polls Ekiti State governorship election as litmus test for 2023 polls By Ali Baba Inuwa News Agency of Nigeria The June 18 Ekiti State governorship election has been adjudged by stakeholders as one of the best elections in Nigeria in recent times The election which was generally hellip
Ekiti State governorship election as litmus test for 2023 polls

NNN: Ekiti State governorship election as litmus test for 2023 polls

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Ekiti State governorship election as litmus test for 2023 polls

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By Ali Baba-Inuwa, News Agency of Nigeria

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The June 18 Ekiti State governorship election has been adjudged by stakeholders as one of the best elections in Nigeria in recent times.
The election which was generally peaceful, also witnessed some improvements in terms of organisation and logistics by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Some civil society organisations (CSOs), that monitored the poll, described it as a marked improvement, when compared with previous elections in Nigeria.
The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), scored INEC high on the conduct of the election.
Prof. Shola Omotola, Member, Centre for Democracy and Development Election Analysis Centre (CDD -EAC) and Professor of Political Science, Federal University, Oye-Ekiti said the election was well organised.
Omotola said that the conduct of the election by INEC was a significant improvement on previous elections.
He said that the general atmosphere of the election was peaceful and INEC officials arrived early for the conduct of the election.
“CDD-EAC observer reports showed that by 8:30 a.m. 64 per cent of polling units visited had opened, and between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. another 29 per cent had opened.
“The data indicate that 93 per cent of the polling units in the areas observed had started voting by 9:30 a.m.
“The CDD-EAC data point to a high usage of the BVAS, with 88 per cent of polling units visited reporting effective usage.
“Although there were hitches in very few locations, where our observers noted that some voters could not be accredited, the CDD-EAC observers rated the efficiency of the BVAS as either very good or excellent.”
He added that in all the 31 reported cases where the BVAS malfunctioned, 71 per cent of those cases were resolved within an hour.
“On the average therefore, CDD-EAC data indicated that it took around 2.4 minutes for voters to be processed through the BVAS.
“In 45 per cent of the cases, voters were accr

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