Justice Afolabi Adeyinka
  • Laud use of card readers

The Forum of States Independent Electoral Commissions (FOSIECOM) and a coalition of local and national election observers have said Saturday’s local council poll held in Sokoto was free, credible and transparent due to the use of card readers.

FOSIECOM National Chairman, Justice Afolabi Adeyinka, who is also the Chairman of Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission, made their position known at a news briefing in Sokoto on Sunday.

Adeyinka, who was also a former Chief Justice of Lagos State, said, ”I have to commend the courage of of the Sokoto State Independent Electoral Commission in sticking with its plan to conduct the election using card reader machine and the permanent voters card.

” We saw the preparations and the eventual conduct of the election and we agreed to the fact that whoever wins, it is a reflection of the general wish of the people of Sokoto.

” The decision to allow voters cast their votes immediately after verification has also helped the process. It has reduced voting time and ensure large number of votes at the final count.

” Many came out to vote in the morning and left the polling units immediately after casting their votes without having to wait for some hours as was the case during the national elections,” he added.

Adeyinka also commended the state government for the support it gave the SIECOM which led to this outcome.

Meanwhile, a coalition of domestic election observers led by constitutional lawyer and Human Rights Activist, Mr Festus Okoye has commended the state government for providing the
enabling environment that led to the peaceful conduct of the elctions.

Okoye who is also Executive Director, Human Rights Monitor said at a news briefing in Sokoto on Sunday also commended the state government for shunning the caretaker committee syndrome.

It further commended the people of the state for their exemplary conduct which enabled the elections to be conducted in a peaceful and transparent manner.

” We are convinced that the conduct of the Sokoto State Local Government Elections met national and regional standards in the conduct of elections,” he averred.