The Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Ogun State has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of failure to provide the party with polling agents’ tags which led to the party’s inability to monitor elections in over 1500 polling units during the presidential and National Assembly election.
The party said INEC did not provide over 75 percent of the SDP polling agents’ tags, just as the commission barred the party agents from monitoring elections.
The State Chairman, Yinka Ola Williams, said this during a press conference in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital.
He said polling agents’ tags from some LGs like Ifo, Sagamu, Ipokia, and Ogun Waterside, were not released outrightly.
“On Election day most of our agents were driven away. What is even more annoying is that in a local government when we are supposed to have 173 agent tags, only 90 were given to us. On the day of the election we realized that, out of 90 tags given to us, only 20 were useful because they bear the code of other States.”
“Even our agents with tags carrying SDP, they were still not allowed to monitor the election. Out of the ones they gave us, we saw tags of APC, PDP and other parties. We don’t want to say that, it was deliberate on the part of INEC to stop our members from monitoring the election.
“As a party, we have the right to monitor the election. Every party has the right. If the majority of our agents cannot monitor what happens on Saturday it is not good,” he said.
The party warned INEC to resolve the lapses in order to avoid a recurrence in the Saturday’s gubernatorial and House of Assembly election.
Responding, the REC, Niyi Ijalaye said the challenge was due to the party’s inability to supply full names of its polling agents during the online registration.