Despite violence in some parts of the state and burning of DSIEC office in Ughelli, Chairman of Benue State Independent Electoral Commission and Secretary, Forum of State Independent Electoral Commission of Nigeria (FOSIECON), Dr. JohnTortsuwa, on Saturday commended Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC) for providing enough electoral materials for all the polling units in the State for the state local government council election.
Tortsuwa who made this commendation after monitoring the exercise in some parts of the state certified the exercise to be peaceful and commended the security agencies for providing security for the electoral officials and the electorate.
He revealed that apart from few places in some parts of the state where there was violence, that the security agents were able to contend with them and added that such is not uncommon in Nigerian elections.
He also noted late arrival of materials in some of the units which he attributed to logistics issues and common to elections in Nigeria but commended DSIEC for providing designated boots used by voters to thump print before casting their votes.
The Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, Oshimili South, Ogbueshi Dada Okonji commended the peaceful conduct of the exercise and the turnout of voters at the various Wards in the LGA;
He expressed hope that his party will win 100 percent saying that there is no credible opposition in the Local government.
Some of the agents in wards visited complained that they were not allowed to stay very close to the voting materials and scrutinize the voters to be sure that they own the voter cards in their possession.
Reacting to the complain, the secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Oshimili South, Hon. Tony Onyia said that all party agents were made to seat together at a close distance where they could all monitor the exercise closely without causing chaos and ballot box snatching adding that it is the duty of the electoral officials as unbias umpire to scrutinize and be sure voters’ cards are used by the bonafied owners and not party agents as well as be fair to all irrespective of political party.