INEC commends Osun voters
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has commended the peaceful and orderly conduct of the August 9, gubernatorial election in Osun state.
According to the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Osun state, Mr. Segun Agbaje the conduct of the election has been peaceful in the three senatorial zones in the state.
Agbaje who went on a tour of the three senatorial zones to monitor the conduct of the election said the voters displayed a high level of electoral awareness in the conduct of the election.
“ We have seen the people waiting patiently to start the process of voting, from Osogbo to Ilesa and Ife, the people understood the system and it shows that democracy is working.”
The Nation correspondent who went on a tour of the state with INEC officials reported that the REC maintained that accreditation will not end until the last person on the line has been accredited and voting will not end until the last person has voted.
“ We do not expect anyone to be disenfranchised, we have put everything in place to ensure that everyone who turned out must vote. We thank the people of the state for heeding our call to come and vote in a peaceful and orderly manner,” Agbaje said.
In Iremo ward 3, Ife Central, the REC commended the voters for orderly conduct and praised the INEC officials for following due process during the election process. In Osogbo, Agbaje who went round different polling units said the conduct of the election was satisfactory.
“ We expect the process to end very well, we have done everything that is required of us to do for the process to end very well,” he said. However, Agbaje denied that the election was militarized. “ I didn’t see too much of security, we asked for security for the voters and our personnel and that is what we got, the most important thing is that everyone is safe.”
The INEC boss said reports of arrests of political leaders did not affect the conduct of the election. On the number of registered political parties, Agbaje said two candidates pulled out. “ Two candidates pulled out, we received their letters but we said it did nto follow due process because no candidate can pull out less than 45 days to the election.”
He said even though there were 20 political parties registered on the ballot paper, only 18 candidates were eligible for the election.
While maintaining that it is the primary duty of INEC to educate voters on conduct of election, he said political parties and nongovernmental organizations must also help in educating the voters.
“The people of Osun are very knowledgeable, they have done well. We did our best regarding voter education but the political parties must also educate their supporters,” Agbaje said.
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