Following the successful conduct of local government polls across Ondo State on Saturday August 22nd, by the Ondo State Independent Electoral Commission (ODIEC), the National Council of Women Societies (NCWS), Ondo State chapter has commended the efforts of personnel deployed by ODIEC over the election.
In a report made available to Topshotnews, the state chairperson of NCWS, Pastor Mrs. Jumoke Aborode said reports received from across the states from some of its delegates showed that there was generally low turn out of voters.
According to one of the reports as submitted by Mrs Fadoju Bolanle, from Akure South LG, the election was peaceful while reports from Akoko North East showed that no vote was casted at Iyometa Ward 1&2 in Ikare Akoko due to political crisis within the region.
At Akure South, Ward 5 Unit 23 Oda Road near LACOS House, the report records low turn out of voters and that the election was very peaceful while at while Akoko North East LG, Ikare, there was no opposition to the candidacy of Hon. Omojola Ashimiyu Adekunle who was declared as the LG chairman under the platform of the All Progressive Congress and for those vying for councillorship across the remaining 13 wards, the election was peaceful
The result sheet at ward 5 unit 20 of Akure South LGA also showed that APC had 40 votes, SDP, at the ward 5, unit 20 with a total registered number of voters put at 890 while only 46 voted. At PU 015 in Igbara-Oke, there was reports of crises as security men had to use tear gas to dispatch the people who had earlier engaged in all forms of violence while reports from PU in St. Joseph’s Primary School, Igbara-Oke showed that materials and personnel came late however, the voting process was peaceful.
NCWS members who monitored the election at Ijare says the election recorded low turn out while voting at Igbara oke turned into a communal clash among the indigenes and political leaders about who to vote for.
In its final submissions, Ondo NCWS urged the people to calm down and not opt for violence as the state is set to conduct another major electio on October 10, saying elections should be devoid of violence do that women can freely participate.