The Transition Monitoring Group on Saturday gave the Independent National Electoral Commission a pass mark in its conduct of the Ondo State governorship election.
The TMG specifically said in terms of preparation, compared to its outing during the Edo State governorship election, the electoral body had improved.
Speaking with our correspondent on Saturday, the South-West Coordinator of the TMG, Sulaimon Arigbabu, expressed joy that the Ondo poll was not postponed, adding that it would have affected INEC.
He said, “In terms of preparation and taking off, the Ondo election has shown that INEC has also improved further on its preparedness. Part of the challenges in Edo State was the postponement of the poll.
“We are happy that the postponement was not the case with Ondo State. The people of Ondo State have conducted themselves peacefully. However, the election cannot be compared to the carnival-like atmosphere that we saw in Edo State. Nevertheless, we want the process to go on peacefully.
“We have seen encouraging turnouts here and there. Some statements may have scared some people from coming out to vote. Right now, voters’ turnout has been impressive. We hope the tempo will be maintained.”
The TMG, however, condemned the killing of an APC chieftain in Owo on Friday.
The group asked politicians to use legal means to seek redress rather than take the laws into their own hands.
Arigbabu added, “There were issues of card readers not functioning well which the REC promised to rectify. We want to call on political leaders to advise their supporters not to take the laws into their own hands. There are processes to be followed to address grievances. There should be no recourse to violence.”
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