With voting in the June 18, 2022 Ekiti State Governorship election already underway across
the 16 Local Government Areas of the State, the Centre for Democracy and Development
(CDD) through its Election Analysis Centre (EAC) has been closely observing the election.
CDD-EAC deployed 205 trained and accredited observers who are currently collecting data
on key processes in the election. CDD-EAC observation of the Ekiti State Governorship
election has the objective of ascertaining if the election is free, fair, credible, and reflects the
supremacy of the vote of the Ekiti State electorate. CDD-EAC has also set up a fake news
hub aimed at tracking and fact-checking misinformation and disinformation capable of
undermining the credibility of the election. The following are the CDD-EAC preliminary
findings on the conduct of the election based on data received from 168 field observers out of
the 205 deployed.
General Atmosphere of the Election
Reports from CDD field observers indicate that the general atmosphere in which the election
is being conducted has been peaceful and voting has largely proceeded smoothly without any
reported incidents of violence or disruption of the process.
Data from the areas covered by our observers indicate that 86 percent of INEC officials had
arrived at their polling units by 8:30am. Data from CDD-EAC Electronic Observer Platform
further showed that 74 percent of INEC poll officials addressed voters before the 8:30am
official time of poll opening. CDD-EAC observers also reported a significant increase in the
number of female INEC officials, with the data showing that eight polling units had poll
officials who were exclusively female. The CDD-EAC data further showed that while four
Polling Units had no female at all; all the others had both male and female INEC officials
present. In terms of availability of important election materials, CDD-EAC data indicated
that in at least 83 percent of polling units critical election materials like ballot papers, BVAS
devices, results sheets, ballot boxes and the voter register were available for the conduct of
the election. In most of the polling units, CDD-EAC observers did not see or report any form
of campaigning; however, in 11.3 percent of polling units campaigns and display of campaign
materials was reported.
Observer data showed all Polling Units reported the presence of at least one party agent.
However in Polling Unit 003, Ward 06 in Ekiti West LGA, only one party had an agent.
CDD-EAC data showed that in all 168 Polling Units, BVAS was available; however in
polling unit 010 Ward 10, in Irepodun Ifelodun LGA, there was no BVAS at the time when
poll was expected to commence.
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CDD-EAC Fake News Hub tracked and fact-checked a number of fake news and
misinformation trending on Election Day. A major trending item was the purported
withdrawal letter of the SDP candidate Segun Oni, and his endorsement of the PDP
candidate, which circulated across social media. This claim was subsequently confirmed to be
‘false’. Regrettably, this might be cited by the party as a reason for any poor performance.
Another claim on Twitter was that 9 million voters are expected to vote in the Ekiti 2022
gubernatorial election. This claim was checked by CDD-EAC fact checkers, who returned a
verdict of “false” for the claim. CDD checks further showed that there are 988,923 voters
registered by INEC for the Ekiti Governorship election. Another fake news was tracked
relating to claims that in Ido/Osi soldiers were preventing voters from going to their polling
units. CDD-EAC fact checkers verified this claim from field observers and found it to be
false. Similarly in Ikole polling unit 8, Ward 10, CDD-EAC fact-checkers tracked a claim
that INEC officials were addressing voters in Yoruba only because they can’t speak English.
This claim was also checked and found to be false, as it was verified that INEC officials
spoke to voters in both English and Yoruba.
CDD-EAC observers will continue to keep a close watch on the election up till when voting
ends, and counting and collation of results begin. Further updates on findings will be
provided at the end of voting.
Professor Adele Jinadu, Chair, CDD-EAC
For Media Enquiries, contact:
Mr. Damien Ihekoronye
Coordinator, Election Analysis Centre (CDD-EAC)
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