- The resident electoral commissioner in Osun, Olusegun Agbaje, has assured the electorate of adequate security for the governorship re-run election
- The REC said anybody coming to snatch ballot boxes is putting his or life in danger
- Agbaje further stated that the election should close at exactly 2pm because of the limited units and voters
The Osun resident electoral commissioner, Olusegun Agbaje, has assured the electorate voting during the state's re-run election, of adequate security as voting process commences on Thursday, September 27.
Agbaje gave the assurance when he visited the polling unit at Ward 5, Unit 17, on Adewale Street, Alekuwodo Area in Osogbo, NAN reports.
NAIJ.com gathers that he said INEC and the ad-hoc staff were ready to conduct the election and that “the deployment of heavy security is an assurance that nobody or individuals can disrupt the process."
He added: “INEC staff and ad hoc staff are prepared for the election and we have heavy security presence which will guarantee the safety of everyone. Anybody coming to snatch ballot boxes is putting his or life in danger.
“Party agents should conduct themselves in an orderly manner, while the electorate should remain peaceful.”
Agbaje equally charged corps members serving at polling units to take their time and make sure they verify voter cards very well before they allow them to vote.
He said: “Election should close by exactly 2pm because of the limited units and voters,” adding that he was optimistic the election would run smoothly.
Emmanuel Attah, the state coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Osun, said INEC had assured him of the safety of corps members that would be participating in the re-run election.
Attah said that the NYSC and corps members were apolitical and that they would carry out their task without fear or favour.
He said: “I came to check how my children (corps members) are doing and know if they are properly taken care of. I am happy about how the whole election process is going and I wish the parties involved the best of luck.
“NYSC is apolitical and the corps members serving as INEC ad-hoc staff are doing their duties without favour to any party.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Osun government on Wednesday, September 26, declared Thursday, September 27, 2018 as public holiday to enable the electorate to vote in the re-run gubernatorial election.
A statement by Sola Fasure, the media aide to Governor Rauf Aregbesola, in Osogbo, noted that the public holiday was to enable workers to participate in the re-run governorship election after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the September 22 election inconclusive.
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