Obaseki decries low voters turnout, appeals to security agencies to relax measures to allow voting
The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has appealed to security agencies monitoring the election to relax the security barricade across Benin City, to allow voters move to their polling units to exercise their franchise, bemoaning the low turnout of voters.
Obaseki made the appeal after casting his vote at about 10:17am at Emokpae Model Primary School, Unit 19, Ward 4 in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State.
The governor who cast his after his wife Betsy Obaseki, who voted at about 10:14am, discribed the turnout as the worst in the centre.
He noted that INEC moved some voters to polling units far away from their houses, which discourages many from voting.
“This is the worst voters turnout l have seen or experienced in this centre. The extreme security measures taken should be relaxed. As you can see, there is a total lock down of the city, preventing people from exercising their civic responsibility.
“It is important we have security during the election but it should not be overwhelming. The overwhelming presence of security men across the city is scary. Most people might want to stay way from their polling units.”
He added: “People whose polling units have been moved can’t walk to their new polling units. People would need to drive to where they vote but with the kind of barricade that have been put across the city, they will not be able to reach their polling units.
“I am appealing to the security agencies that while still maintaining tight security, they should grant waivers when people have proof that they are going to vote. The people should be allowed to vote to enable more people come out. The total security lock down in the city is preventing people from voting.
“I am encouraging Edo citizens to come out and vote as there is adequate security.”