Osun records peaceful polls with low turnout of voters

Segun Adegoke, Osogbo

The March 9 State Assembly Elections in Osun state was peaceful with no report of violence, as residents joined other citizens nationwide to exercise their franchise.
The state which had its own governorship election last year did not muster an impressive turnout of voters as witnessed in the February 23rd Presidential and National Assembly Elections.
Voters in the State Assembly election started coming out as early as 6:30am and by 7:00am, many were already at their polling units, waiting for the commencement of the election at 8am.
Several of the Polling Units visited in Osun West had their electoral officers ready and they confirmed that all their materials arrived on time with adequate security to man them.
Accreditation and voting commenced at exactly 8 am in Ward 9 Unit 1, Baptist Day Primary School, Ojo Aro, where the Presiding Officer confirmed there were no challenges.
At Ilupeju Oke Odo, Ward 4 Unit 6, the Presiding Officer complained that the process was slowed down, because the voter register pasted at the polling unit during the February 23rd election had been removed. Officials had to fall back on the Master List provided by INEC to check voters’ authenticity.
Situation was however different at Beulah Baptist Church, Ward 3 Unit 1, Ejigbo, where the voters’ list pasted was still available for voters to check their names.
In all voting units visited in Osun West, the card readers functioned optimally and voters expressed delight at the smooth process.
While the state awaits results from all its 30 Local Government Areas, many citizens quizzed expressed concern at the low turnout of voters in the election and what it means for the nation’s democracy.