Ahead of the Sept. 22 gubernatorial election in Osun, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Osun State, Mr Olusegun Agbaje has assured the people of the state that the electoral body was committed to conducting a free, fair and inclusive election.
Agbaje made the pledge at a one-day sensitisation forum for Media Executives and Reporters on the conduct of Osun State Governorship Election on Wednesday in Osogbo.
The REC, who was represented by the Head, Voter Education Department, Mr Stephen Ojewande said that the commission would use this Osun gubernatorial election to show the ability of the electoral umpire to organise a free, credible and acceptable election
Reeling out voters statistics, he said the registered voters in the state stood at 1,682,495, while PVC collected was 1,213,026 and uncollected stood at 463,186.
Also, the number of Local Government Areas according to him is 30, numbers of registration Areas is 332, voting points 755 and polling units 3,010
The Commissioner also noted that Osun Election would be used to send a very strong message to vote buyers and sellers and as well as other perpetrators of criminal acts.
The commission also promised to ensure adequate security during the election.
The INEC Chairman, Prof Yakubu Muhamood who was represented by the Chief Press Secretary to the National Chairman of INEC, Mr Rotimi Lawrence Oyekanmi, enjoined Journalists to be conflict sensitive in their reportage of elections.
Muhamood who promised a level playing ground to all the political parties, however, charged the media practitioners to always put the principle of objectivity, fairness and accuracy in their reportage.
The one-day sensitisation was funded and supported by the USAID and UKaid in its goodwill message promised to continue to support INEC for the Commission to continue to organize free, credible and acceptable election as it has always done since its birth in Nigeria in 1998.
From-Saheed Adeyemi, Osogbo.
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