Less than 24 hours to theÂ Ekiti North Senatorial re-run election, the Independent National Electoral Commission[ INEC] has identified major obstacle that may marred todayâ€™s exercise, as it has directed the electoral officersÂ Â not to allow those withÂ withÂ Â conflicting names with serial numbersÂ to cast their votes, even as the commission has denied accreditations toÂ most of the election monitors/ observers who covered the lastÂ May 6Â gubernatorial re- run in the state.
The commission has equally failed to accredit all the journalists to cover the election, a development that has caused a serious concern among the pen pushers.
SpeakingÂ with the newsmen at the state Headquarters of INECÂ in Ado Ekiti yesterday at about 6.15 p.m, the Deputy Secretary, Operations of the electoral body, Abdul Rahmon Madaki who addressed the press along with the controversial Resident Electoral Commissioner for the state , Chief Mrs Ayoka Adebayo said the commission has observed thatÂ there were some symbolic papers with irregularities, saying some are serialized , while others have none.
Adding that theÂ authorities of the commission have directed that papers with such an irregularities be marked as void
TheÂ INEC boss saidÂ all the nineÂ political parties that would be participating in the re-run election have been briefed of the development.
â€˜â€™The message isÂ any ballotÂ papers that does not haveÂ serial number or having a conflicting numberÂ shall not be used in tomorrowâ€™s election.
â€˜The electoral officers have been told once theyÂ noticed anomaly that the paper be marked void
But a chieftain of the Action Congress [AC], Mr Bimbo Daramola who was at the venue of the press briefingÂ lamented that it was an indirect method of denyingÂ a number of electorates from voting , lamenting why the commission has not addressed the problem before now.
â€˜As things are now it appears the country is doomed, this is a clear indication that INEC has not prepared for this exercise, we are the people that identified the problem
Besides this Daramola said INEC has failed to make public names of the presidingÂ officers and the returning officers, saying the names of the polling officers that came out were hand- writing
â€˜â€™ We have disvoveredÂ that out of 24 boxes , the first two boxes checked contain a lot of these irregularities and you can imagine the number of such irregularities to be discovered; Daramola declared
Meanwhile Saturday Vanguard has observed that most of the election monitors/ observers that participated in May 6 gubernatorial re-run were denied accredidations by the INEC end.