The Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have described the ongoing gubernatorial election in Ekiti as peaceful.
During a visit to the state’s Resident Election Commissioner (REC), Teller Adeniran, shortly after overseeing the exercise, NSCDC Acting Deputy Commander General Haruna Muhammad said voter turnout was impressive and without chaos.
“It’s a sign that people are excited to vote. We have received reports from other local government areas, and it has been positive as voting is happening simultaneously,” he said.
Mr Muhammad said the body would continue to work closely with INEC and other sister agencies to ensure a smooth election process.
“The election looks more like an isolated election. So we don’t want to leave room for violence,” he said, adding that the corps had deployed intelligence officers to possible hotspots for effective intelligence gathering.
“We are ready to protect national assets and we have reserved personnel in case of emergency.
“As the polls close, the men in the field are to be used through the night, while those currently working will rest and be redeployed to their posts,” he said.
In response, Mr Adeniran said INEC officials were deployed in real time as voting booths opened early.
“The main objective and the determination of the commission is to have an open ballot. We had created new units and migrated some names from some voting units. They had their names pasted and they had been informed,” he said. he declares.
Mr Adeniran said this reduced the high number of voters in specific voting units.
He advised security agencies to be more proactive in addressing security issues, especially in emergencies.
The REC appreciated the corps, alongside other security agencies, for diligently securing the electoral process.