We are set for Osun by-election – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday declared that it has put everything in place to conduct a hitch-free exercise, in the Osun West senatorial district.

The Delta State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Baritor Kpagih, who was deployed to the state to supervise the exercize, disclosed this to journalists at a press conference, alongside the Commissioner of Police, Mr Fimihan Adeoye and leadership of military and paramilitary agencies in the state.

Kpagih said voting will commence across wards in the Senatorial District by 8am and end by 2pm, adding that whosoever was on queue by 2pm would still be allowed to vote.

He noted that accreditation and voting will take place at the same time, explaining that eleven political parties are fielding candidates in the election.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner said only voters with Permanent Voters Cards, verified by card readers would be allowed to vote, adding that the materials to be used are customized on local government basis, with difference in colours of the ballots.

The Commissioner of police, Mr. Olafimihan Adeoye, in his remarks said there would be restriction of vehicular movement between the hours of 6:00am and 6:00pm on the election day, with an exception of Ibadan/Ife expressway, which shall not be blocked to traffic.

Warning that anyone caught formenting trouble would be made to face full wrath of the law regardless of his or her party affiliations, advising those who have no role to play in the election to stay off polling areas.

However, the Governor of the state, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola at a mega rally organised by his party, the All Progressive Congress (APC), has called on the people of West Senatorial District to vote APC candidate, Senator Mudashir Husein.

According to Aregbesola, the return of Husein would afford him the opportunity to “build on his achievements while in office between 2011 and 2014”.

He urged electorates in the district to play according to the rules of the process, and be peaceful all through.

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