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Reactions trail conduct of Ondo guber poll

The conduct of Ondo governorship election, which saw the emergence of incumbent governor and Labour Party candidate, Doctor Olusegun Mimiko as Governor-elect is generating reactions from members of the public in Benin City.

The Ondo governorship election held in Saturday, twentieth October, 2012 turned out to be relatively peaceful given the heavy presence of security operatives drawn from the Army, police and paramilitary outfits.

Available information indicates that the peaceful atmosphere afforded eligible voters to come out enmasse to exercise their franchise by voting for the candidate of their choice.

It is against this backdrop that the election was adjudged free, fair and credible.

Commenting on the conduct of the election, respondents in Benin scored INEC high for creating a level playing field for the candidates vis-à-vis maintaining neutrality as an unbiased umpire.

The respondent also expressed satisfaction with the role of security against in ensuring security of electoral officials, election materials and the electorate.

The said the comportment of the candidates and the electorate deserve commendation.

The respondents noted that the resolve of President Goodluck Jonathan to ensure free and fair election will go a long way in sustaining democracy and its values in the country.

They said democracy can only strive if government and stakeholders keep to the rules.

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