The governorship election that took place in Ondo on Saturday has been reported to be characterized by vote-buying.
According to the Co-chairperson of YIAGA Africa, an election monitoring group, Aisha Abdullahi who briefed the journalists in Akure, confirmed it that the report from the members of the group that money was being offered to voters in five local government of the State before casting their votes.
She said, "Yiaga Africa received reports of vote-buying from Akure South LGA, Ose, Ondo West, Ilaje, and Akure North.
"Across several polling units, the secrecy of the ballot was severely compromised despite attempts by polling officials to prevent voters and party agents from showing how ballot papers were marked.
"These electoral offenses occurred in the presence of security personnel who did not attempt in some cases to reprimand the culprits.
"In St. Paul’s Anglican Primary School, 001 of Ifon 1 ward in Ose LGA, party agents accompanied voters to the voting cubicle to see how they marked their ballots.
"In Ajegunle Erumana LA School 012 of Aheri Ward, Ilaje, voters showed how they marked their ballots to polling agents that were stationed at the polling unit.
"Vote-buying was also reported in Polling Unit 007, Ward 9 in Oba-Ile, Akure North LGA."
She applauded INEC for the improvement made over that of Edo State.