Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Mrs Monisade Afuye has commended the violence-free atmosphere during the conduct of the Saturday’s Local Government election in the state.
Afuye disclosed this while voting at unit 003, Atiba/Aafin Ward, in Ikere Ekiti, in Saturday’s local government poll in Ekiti State.
She also lauded the large turnout of voters that characterised the conduct of the election adding that it showed there was remarkable improvement on that of 2021 poll.
The Deputy Governor who reportedly cast her vote around 9.32am, pointed out that the local government election was more competitive at the party’s primary, because of financial independence enjoyed by the councils under Governor Biodun Oyebanji’s administration.
She praised the voters in Ikere Local Government Area and across the state, for exhibiting confidence and trust in the electoral process by actively participating in the LG poll.
Afuye equally laude the Justice Cornelius Akintayo-led SIEC for bringing transparency and openness to the electoral process at the third tier of government.
“Going by what we have seen and information across the state, the process has been adjudged peaceful and transparent.
“The SIEC officials and observers were on ground in time and that further propelled the voters to come out to cast their votes for their preferred candidates. This is highly commendable.
“The atmosphere was serene and voters were not being coersed to vote for a particular candidate. They are given the freedom to vote for candidates of their choices; that is the beauty of democracy.
“With all these, those who will emerge in today’s election will know that they will be there to serve the people, so that our people can become more interested to participate in elections, especially the local government poll,” she stressed.
Mrs Afuye thanked the security agencies for their crucial roles in conduct of the election, expressing confidence that the poll shall be a success.