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‘Security Denying Voters Right To Vote’ – Obaseki Reveals, Begs To Ease Lockdown


'Security Denying Voters Right To Vote' - Obaseki Reveals, Begs To Ease Lockdown
Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki

Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has alleged that electorates are being denied access to their polling units due to the strict restriction by security operatives in the ongoing governorship and house of assembly elections.

Obaseki revealed this after casting his vote at about 10:17 am at Emokpae Model Primary School, Unit 19, Ward 4 in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State on Saturday morning, Naija News reports.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain begged security agencies monitoring the election process to relax their lockdown on some roads to allow voters to move to their polling units to exercise their civic rights.

The barricade by the security agents, according to Governor Obaseki, was responsible for the low turnout of voters at the polls. He noted that INEC moved some voters to polling units far away from their houses, discouraging many from voting.

“This is the worst voter turnout l have seen or experienced in this centre. The extreme security measures taken should be relaxed. As you can see, there is a total lockdown of the city, preventing people from exercising their civic responsibility.

“It is important we have security during the election, but it should not be overwhelming. The overwhelming presence of security men across the city is scary. Most people might want to stay away from their polling units,” Obaseki noted.

He added: “People whose polling units have been moved can’t walk to their new polling units. People would need to drive to where they vote, but with the kind of barricade that has been put across the city, they will not be able to reach their polling units.

“I am appealing to the security agencies that while still maintaining tight security, they should grant waivers when people have proof that they are going to vote. The people should be allowed to vote to enable more people to come out. The total security lockdown in the city is preventing people from voting.

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“I am encouraging Edo citizens to come out and vote as there is adequate security.”

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