The independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says despite reports of violence recorded in different parts of Kogi and Bayelsa states, most voters who were willing to vote had the chance to try and do so.
In a report by its National Commissioner, Mr. Festus Okoye, the commission aforementioned it rigorously monitored the electoral method in each states.
The Commission more expressed that reports from accredited observers and electoral officers within the field indicate that people who were willing to vote did vote accordingly.
This statement is returning amid outcry over violence, thuggery, and vote-buying throughout the electoral exercise in Kogi and Bayelsa States.
In Kogi State, suspected thugs tried to grab ballot papers within the Odu Ward four, Odu-Ogboyaga ward one of Dekina authorities space, wherever the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Mr. Musa Wada cast his vote.
The thugs were confronted by youths and security officers who threw stones and objects to secure the electoral materials.
Similarly, the electoral method was discontinuous in ward a pair of, Lokoja, as gunshots were laid-off into the air by suspected thugs World Health Organization created away with ballot boxes.
Voters within the Ajayi Crowther Memorial college were forced to scamper for safety following the invasion of thugs.
Commencement of voting within the polling unit which is the biggest in Lokoja, the Kogi metropolis had a delay because of late arrival of security officers.
However, INEC argues that the Commission delivered materials to its offices in each Bayelsa and Kogi.
INEC more noted that despite all efforts to push peaceful elections as well as many engagements with stakeholders and therefore the linguistic communication of the peace accords, there have been cases of crime and violence, that the Commission condemns unambiguously.