The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), has alleged that despite the peaceful conduct of the Edo State governorship election, cases of violence and vote buying were recorded in five Local Government Areas of the state.
Idayat Hassan, CDD Director, disclosed this on Saturday, during an interview on Channels Television‘s programme, Politics Today.
She said the electoral malpractices marred the electoral process in the state.
According to her, attempts were made to shape the perception of people on the true situation of things.
“We have just seen pockets of violence in five local government areas, nothing to write home about.
“There were records of electoral offences. Important also is the rampant vote-buying that marred these elections. Lastly is an attempt to actually perception such that what was really happening on the ground did not really match the reality on social media”, she said.
The electoral observer also reacted to the way and manner the electorates conducted themselves amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The issue of the implementation of INEC policy on COVID-19 remains a challenge that can lead to a spike”, she also said.
Pictures of the election shared online, showed voters in some polling units not adhering to instructions stipulated by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and the relevant health authorities.
While some results were being collated, many of the voters also did not maintaining the physical distancing directives, neither did they wear their nose masks.