OndoDecides2020: Boat Conveying Electoral Materials, INEC Staff Capsizes

A boat carrying electoral materials and ad hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to riverine areas of Ilaje Local Government Area in the ongoing Ondo State governorship election has capsized.

The wooden boat reportedly carrying no fewer than 15 persons capsized owing to overloading, with personnel and some election materials, apart from strong wave and current.

Speaking on the matter, the Chief Press Secretary CPS to the INEC Chairman, Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi said that a statement will be issued in due course.

He however said that the commission got report that there was no casualty as all the victims were rescued..

Accreditation and voting have started at almost all the polling units in the Akure south local government
INEC officials and election materials also arrived on time and voting started at 8:30 as directed by INEC.

Eligible voters came out enmass to exercise their franchise. Voters comply with Covid 19 protocols while residents complied with movement restrictions order


Meanwhile security agencies on enforcing the restrictions of vehicular movement in Akure town as the state governorship election is in the progress.

The Nigeria Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Nigerian Army, were seen at strategic positions and major roads to ensure compliance with the no vehicle movement order.

Road blocks were mounted at various junctions within the town while security vans of the Nigeria Police and Nigerian Army were seen patrolling major roads and streets of Akure.

Some of the roads include Adekunle Ajasin Road, Oba-Ile Road, Akure-Owo road among others.


Security personnel were also seen at all  the polling units ensuring peaceful conduct of voters, as well as the security of voting materials.

INEC officials are carrying out their duties diligently while cards readers are functioning accordingly.

Voters are also exercising their franchise..The atmosphere is calm generally in Akure the state capital.












Kayode Oyedare/Ondo

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