The Governor of Edo State and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for Saturday’s gubernatorial election, Godwin Obaseki has expressed disappointment with the conduct of the polls.
He said that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) did not show that it was prepared for the election.
Obaseki stated this after casting his vote at Polling Unit 19, Ward 4, Oredo Local Government Area.
The governor said it was worrisome that he stayed for over one and half hours before he could cast his vote, noting that the delay could discourage many voters.
“I expected that INEC would have prepared better for this election. I waited for one and half hour on the queue before exercising my franchise, it’s a bit disappointing.
“Giving that this is a sole day election, I expected better planning for this election. Card readers were very slow and that’s the situation everywhere,” Obaseki.
His assessment of the election ran contrary to that of his main challenger, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Ize-Iyamu hailed the electoral body after casting his vote at Ugboko ward 4, unit 26, Orhionmwon Local Government Area about 9: 25 a.m.
He said, “The process is good and going on smoothly; there is no thuggery and violence, the place is peaceful and calm.
“I am happy that INEC has a thermometer to check temperature and they also give out face masks to our people.
“We encourage our people to come out in batches so they can strictly adhere to the COVID-19 protocols of social distancing”.