- INEC has given clarification on the specimen ballot paper controversy in Osun state
- The controversy followed the release of a poster of specimen ballot paper which left out the logos of some political parties
- The electoral body explained that the specimen ballot paper is just to educate voters, adding that it will publish another that will include all the political parties
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Osun has dismissed speculations that the logos of some parties had been removed from the ballot paper to be used for the September 22 governorship election in the state.
The speculations followed the release of a poster of specimen ballot paper which left out the logos of some political parties.
But INEC’s spokesperson in the state, Olusayo Adedokun, said in a statement on Friday, August 17, that what was released was the poster of a specimen ballot paper for education purpose only, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
“The attention of the commission has been drawn to the misconception as regards one of our voter education materials, especially the poster on specimen ballot paper for the September 22 governorship election.
“The essence of the poster is to show what the ballot paper will look like for the election.
“The omission of some political parties that are fielding candidates for the September election was not intentional.
“The specimen ballot paper was just for the purpose of educating the electorate on how not to cast invalid votes.
“A new poster of specimen ballot paper containing the logos of all political parties fielding candidates for the September governorship election will soon be published,’’ she stated.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that Senator Ademola Adeleke who is the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun state promised the people that he will revive the economy if elected as governor.
Adeleke spoke on Thursday, August 9 to address the issue of forged certificate scandal. Justice David Oladimeji said the case “lacks merit” and accordingly dismissed it.
Adeleke said agricultural investment is the best means to address poverty in the state.
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