February 25, 2023

2023 Elections: INEC blames NURTW for late arrival of materials in Ogun


By James Ogunnaike, Abeokuta

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has blamed the late arrival of election materials in some parts of Ogun state on members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) contacted for logistics.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Olaniyi Ijalaye disclosed this while speaking with journalists during his visit to governor Dapo Abiodun’s polling unit for an on-the-spot assessment of the ongoing voting exercise in the area and at other polling units in the Ikenne LGA.

Ijalaye blamed the delay in the commencement of voting and the unavailability of election materials in some areas in the state on the late arrival of materials.

He however assured the electorate that no one would be disenfranchised, saying the logistical challenges the commission faced with the NURTW had been resolved.

He said, “With all due respect, it is not just the governor’s polling unit but with a few others that had one or two challenges. But as we speak, voting has commenced there and until the last man and woman have voted, we will not close voting.

“I am really pleased that people have trooped out to exercise their civil responsibility by voting for candidates of their choice. Virtually everywhere I have gone, accreditation has taken place and voting has commenced in some places. In some other places, accreditation is ongoing, while in a few other areas, we are having challenges with the issue of transportation.

“We are in collaboration with the NURTW and there is a bit of few logistical issues that have now been resolved. I want to give the good people of Ogun State the assurance that no one will be disenfranchised. Even if voting commences now, we will not close voting until the last person has voted.”