Voters in Ikere-Ekiti Complain About Non Inclusion of Stamp Pads in Election Material

Voters in Ikere-Ekiti area have decried the non inclusion of stamp pads in the election materials supplied to the town as they take to the polls in the state’s gubernatorial election, alleging that the process has been compromised and an attempt to disenfranchise them.

They expressed their displeasure in separate interviews with Newsmen in the town.

Another voter, Mr Isaac Alabi, expressed his displeasure with the situation, saying that why was the INEC officials just observing that there was no stamp pads in the materials given to them three days before the election.

Commenting, Dr Wole Oluyede, the Governorship candidate of the Action Democratic Congress (ADC), complained that the election had been compromised following non inclusion of vitals items in the election materials despatched to the town.

As at 10:15 a.m, at Ugele Arokun Ward 3 Unit 6 in Ikere-Ekiti, where the ADC candidate was expected to vote, ballot stamp pads were missing in the voting materials dispatched to the polling unit.

A Presiding Officer, Mr Festus More, said that all the items were completed when he checked through, but could not explain how the stamps were removed.

“I was set for the voting as all the necessary preparation and protocols have been done. In fact, I have given out a ballot paper to the first voter, only to discover that the stamps were missing,” More said.

He, however, assured the electorate that arrangement had been to get another stamps so that voting could commence in earnest.

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