Mimiko calls for continuous voter’s registration
The governor-elect of Ondo state, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to make voter’s registration an on-going exercise in order to address the huge number of registered voters that were disenfranchised in the just concluded governorship election.
Dr. Mimiko made the call while collecting his certificate of return at the state headquarters of the electoral body in Alagbaka, Akure, the state capital after being elected for a second term in office.
Over a million people were registered as eligible voters in the state but a little over 600,000 voters were accredited to cast their vote during the governorship election.
However, the State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Akin Orebiyi, was elated at the conduct of the poll saying that the commission delivered on its promises in the conduct of the election.
INEC’s National Commissioner for the South West zone, Prof. Lai Olurode, also in his remark, appreciated contributions of all the participants in the election and he was full of commendation for President Jonathan for the provision of water-tight security during the polls.
He noted that the election was devoid of intimidation and oppression as he equally commended the voter turnout which was estimated at 40 per cent, higher than the previous elections in the state.
Prof. Olurode presented the certificate, to both the Deputy Governor and the Governor, with a congratulatory handshake.
Governor Mimiko also thanked President Jonathan for fulfilling his promise to ensure the election is free and fair.
He also commended the performance of INEC, despite his admittance of some little logistic problems.
Dr Mimiko thanked the officials of his party, the Labour Party and citizens of the state for their support and promised to continue working for the people.
The candidate of the Labour Party had on Sunday been declared winner of the October, 20 governorship election with 260,199 votes out of the 594,244 total valid votes cast in the election.