Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki, has expressed disappointment in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), over the conduct of the governorship election in the state
Obaseki, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in Edo State governorship election, speaking with journalists after casting his vote at his polling unit 19, ward 4, Oredo Local Government Area of the state, said he spent over one hour in the queue because the card reader was slow.
Consequently, the governor said he expected a better planning by the electoral commission.
“I expected that INEC would have prepared better for this election. I waited for one and half hours on the queue before exercising my franchise, it’s a beat disappointing,” he said.
“Giving that this is a sole day election, I expected a better planning for this election. Card readers were very slow and that’s the situation everywhere.”
The special adviser to the governor on media, Crusoe Osagie, had earlier alleged that “there is a deliberate election manipulation in areas where Obaseki is popular.”
He said: “Suddenly card readers are not working in areas where Governor Godwin Obaseki is very popular.
“Voters are being disenfranchised and we are constrained to say that this is sabotage.
“Specifically, in Oredo Ward 1, Unit 20 and other places where the Governor is clearly popular, the card readers are not working.
“The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should prove to Edo voters that it can conduct a credible election in Edo State.”