Nigeria: Large turnout as voting commences in Osun guber election amid tight security
London, September 22, 2018 (AltAfrica)-Turn out of voters in today’s governorship election in Osun state, South West Nigeria has been very impressive in an early sign that people are very much interested in who leads the state in the next four years
INEC says there are 3,010 Polling Units and 755 Polling Points spread across the three senatorial districts and 30 local governments areas of the state.
Although INEC registered a total of 1,682,495 voters, some 400,000 Permanent Voters Cards remained uncollected at at Friday.
48 parties are participating in the election, the frontline candidates are Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress(APC), Ademola
Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party and Iyiola Omisore of the Social Democratic (SDP).
After exercising his rights, Adeleke told Journalists “the election is going on well and I have moved around this area to see things myself,” “Everything is orderly and I think we should commend INEC for a good arrangement
The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN is also reporting that the exercise was orderly while five policemen and one NSCDC official were sighted keeping vigil in almosy all polling boots visited
In Iragbiji, the hometown of the APC candidate, Gboyega Oyetola, there was also a massive turnout.
At the polling units in LA primary School Popo, Ward 1, Oja Oba Town Hall, Ward 2, Osolo Hall, Ward 1 and Oke-Osun, Ward 1B, many of the voters arrived as early as 7:00 am to check their names on the voters’ list.
At exactly 8:24, accreditation and voting started at Polling Unit 2, LA Primary School Popo.
Some voters, however, complained that they could not find their names on the voters’ register.
The INEC Presiding Officer, Mr Lawal Adewale, said they had no challenges at the voting unit as materials arrived early.
He said those complaining they could not find their names on the voters’ register were not at the polling unit to vote
More than 200 voters were at the polling unit made up three voting points to cast their vote.
In Ede, the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Adeleke, voted at Ward 2 Unit 9 at Sagba-Abogunde at about 8:01 am after an initial hitch with the card reader.
” The card reader took a lot of processes before it started working and I hope it is not the same in other polling units,’’ he said.
“Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday said it had perfected plans with the security agencies to decisively deal with anyone engaging in any illicit act, particularly the notorious act of “see and buy,” as it is called in local parlance, in today’s governorship election in Osun State.
Consequently, the electoral umpire has released phone numbers for complaints of any kind by the electorate, media and the public, while assuring the people of the state of its readiness to conduct a free, fair and credible election that would be acceptable to them.
The state Resident Electoral Commission (REC) of INEC, Olusegun Agbaje, while addressing journalists yesterday at the state headquarters of the commission on Gbongan Road, Osogbo, disclosed that the electoral body had distributed sensitive and non-sensitive materials to all the 30 councils in the state from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and gave the numbers to lodge complaints as 08168963080, 07057789656 and 07086575910.
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