INEC fixes July 8 for Osun West by-election


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed the conduct of Osun West Senatorial district by-election for July 8.

The Commission also assured the public of free, fair and credible election saying that the commission is fully prepared for the election.

Mr Baritor Kpagih, the Resident Electoral Commissioner of Delta State, who is the election officer, announced this during the stakeholders meeting held with INEC officials, security operatives, representatives of political parties and the media among others.

Kpagih was deployed to Osun State to conduct the election.

He said that 11 political parties would participate in the election and warned that only electorate with permanent voters card, verified by card readers, would be allowed to vote during the election.

The REC  further explained that voting and accreditation would take place simultaneously said voting would commence by 8:00am and close by 2.00 p.m, adding, however, that whosoever was in the queue at the closing hour would be allowed to vote.

Also speaking, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Olafimihan Adeoye, announced the restriction of vehicular movement between the hours of 6.00 a.m and 6.00 p.m of election day.

Adeoye added that the Ibadan/Ife expressway would be free for passage.

He warned those who have no business in the electoral process to stay off ballot area adding that security agencies will collaborate to ensure a violent free election.

In his own remark, the State Director of NYSC, Mr Emmanuel Attah, appealed to politicians not to harass or intimidate corps members deployed as INEC ad hoc staff while performing their duty.

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Attah said that the scheme will not take it slightly for any politician or anybody that assault any corp members saying NYSC is apolitical.

He noted that there are no fake corp members in the state adding that whosoever attempt to impersonate corp members would be detected promptly and made to face the music.

The Controller of Immigration in the State, Mr. Idowu Adebowale said his command would not tolerate miscreants attempting to loiter around poling units.

Foreigners have also been warned not to tarnish the image of the country and therefore advised to stay away from polling units as they are not entitle to vote.

By Saheed Adeyemi, Osogbo.

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