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observer group in the just concluded Edo State
Governorship election, Intercontinental Leadership Initiative, has faulted the integrity of the Sept. 19 poll.
Mr Stafford Bisong, the Country Head of the organisation, stated this at a news conference in Benin on Monday, OMSNEWS  reports. Bisong, who disclosed that he had his officials across the 18
Local Government Areas of Edo State during the election,
noted that non-functional card readers used for the election
across the State raised integrity issues about the poll.
He also cited the none display of voters registers five days
before the poll as prescribed by the electoral act.
According to him, another finding by the organisation was the
late arrival of sensitive and non sensitive materials in about 80
per cent of polling units in most polling units, especially in
Oredo, Ikpoba-Okha and Egor Local Government Areas.
While calling for improvement on Nigeria’s voting process,
Bisong expressed the need to display voters’ registers on time
for eligible voters to know their voting units.
He said: “We discovered a lot of discrepancies on the field
during the election, and we concluded that there is more to
desire in our electoral voting procedure.
“Both sensitive and non sensitive materials arrived relatively
late in 80 per cent of the polling units, prominent in Oredo, Ikpoba-Okha and Egor.
“Voting commenced around 1.30 pm in some parts of these polling units.
“Another one is the issue of voters’ register. The register was pasted just less than 24 hours to the election, and this made it difficult for many to exercise before the poll.
“We again discovered that the voters’ register was not updated; as a result, this made it impossible for many not to
participate in the exercise.
“Some of these people may have relocated. Some died while
Covid-19 pandemic may have kept many away.
“Finally, non-functional card readers, as noticed across the
State, led to the issue of voting complications in parts of the polling units.
“Eighty per cent of these card readers malfunctioned as they were not authenticating fingerprints of the voters, which led to manual use of authentication


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