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Security agents commended over peaceful elections

PDP members celebrating in Ajeromi-Ifelodun LGA, Ajegunle, Lagos
Security agents including operatives of the Nigeria Police, the
Nigeria Army and the National Security and Civil Defense Corps, were on Monday
commended for their role in ensuring peaceful elections as Nigerians vote.

Mr Wole
Adeleke, the Electoral Officer, Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government Area,
Ajegunle, Lagos, gave the commendation shortly after the People’s Democratic Party
candidate was announced winner of the House of Representatives for the area.

He said that
the security operatives were able to maintain a peaceful atmosphere as their
presence made people art civil and orderly throughout the voting exercise.

 “Much as we were expecting so much unrest,
it’s been quite peaceful. The security men have been fully on ground and they
need to be commended really.

“They encouraged
people by their conduct and ensured security was not compromised.

“They also
gave the INEC staff confidence to do their work without fear of being harassed,”
Adeleke said.
He noted
that INEC would need to perfect the use of the card reader since it was newly
introduced.

“It is a new
experience for INEC staff because of the new innovations; the card reader which
we have been training staff for, for some time.

“It has put
confidence in so many people. Even those who were against it before are now
saying this is what they preferred.

“The only
thing is that INEC will perfect the use of the card reader for further use, the
little teething problem of authentication of the thumb, which we experienced in
some places.”

Adeleke said
the emergence of a non-indigene of Lagos as the winner of the House of
Representative as a welcome idea.
In a related
development, Mr Babatunde Ifenuga, President, Youth of All Nations, a
Non-Governmental Organisation, expressed satisfaction over the conduct of the
election in Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government Area.

He applauded
the introduction of the card reader, which he said made the electioneering
process more credible.

According to
him, “the card reader made the election process more credible.

“People have
come to see that it was good the election was postponed until now. And I am
sure that the card reader will be better appreciated by more Nigerians by the
next elections,” Ifenuga said. 

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