Don’t give Room for Inconclusive Election- INEC

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Don’t give Room for Inconclusive Election- INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has appealed to politicians and voters in Osun to avoid any action that could lead to inconclusive election during the forthcoming National and State Assembly polls in the state.

The Osun State Resident Electoral Commission, Mr Olusegun Agbaje gave the advice while addressing newsmen in the preparation of the commission ahead of the elections.

The Resident electoral Commissioner therefore warned politicians against the use of thugs to disrupt the electoral process, snatching of ballot boxes, intimidation of election officials, vote buying and discouraging the use of the Smart Card Reader among other vices.

Mr. Agbaje maintained that the commission would use the smart card reader to accredit voters at every point of the election, noting that some politicians deliberately request for the use of incident form to manipulate the process.

On the prosecution of electoral offences, he pointed out that those arrested at various locations with conducts inimical to the process during the last governorship election in Osun State are currently undergoing trial at the court.

According to him, collection of Permanent Voter Cards at the ward levels would resume next week Wednesday and end on the 21st of this month.

From INEC record, one million, two hundred and fifty three thousand, four hundred and eighty four PVCs, representing 74.53% of the total registered voters had been collected, leaving a balance of four hundred and twenty eight thousand, four hundred and forty six, representing 25.47% PVCs not yet collected.

The Osun Resident Electoral Commissioner urged the media to beam its searchlight on the political class whose conduct often constitute threat to a peaceful elections.

Mr. Agbaje said the political class owe it a duty to allow Nigerians freely choose their leaders, just as it is done in other stable climes.

Osun State will only be conducting election into the state and National Assembly seats as its own governorship election had been held on September 22nd and 27th last year

Adenitan Akinola

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