OTUEKE (Sundiata Post) – President Goodluck Jonathan has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for improving on its preparedness at the gubernatorial and State Houses of Assembly elections, expressing confidence that his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), would record good outing compared to the March 28th presidential election.
Jonathan, who was accredited within 10 seconds at Ward 13, Unit 39, Otuoke, Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa Sttate, gave two reasons for the low voter turnout for the election in Otuoke compared to the March 28th polls, noting that the stake is usually higher for presidential election and the fact that there was no governorship election in Bayelsa State at this time.
Speaking on PDP’s performance this time around, the President said, “My conviction is that PDP will do well. It may probably do better in a number of states. In some states our performance will even improve.
“If you look at the last elections, our performance in some states improved. But in some states our performance was a bit low. I think that overall PDP will do well”.
Contrary to the March 28th experience where he and his wife, Mrs. Patience Jonathan had to resort to filling the incident form because all four card readers in his polling unit did not read their finger prints, the President arrived His hometown of Otuoke at exactly 11am to participate in the State House of Assembly election and was accredited within 10 seconds.
Speaking on the development, the President said, “It is technology. There must be some minor errors and they have rectified the faults. Although I am still hearing that we have some problems of rejection but I think INEC has a way of handling their assignment. The most important thing is that elections will be conducted”.
On the low voters turn out he said, ”Naturally different levels of elections elicit different interests. Presidential elections are quite interesting. Governorship elections are quite interesting. If we were to have a governorship elections in Bayelsa State, the mobilisation would have been higher because you need to mobilise the voters to come out.
“But for State Assembly elections, the interest is not as high as the presidential elections or governorship elections. We expect low turnout for states that don’t have governorship elections.
There is no governorship elections in Bayelsa that is why the turn out may be low. ”
The President later voted at 1:41pm.
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