- INEC and the Nigerian Police said they were monitoring issues of vote buying in Osun election rerun
- The police said that any one caught buying votes would be arrested
- INEC also said people with smartphones were restricted 300 metres away from the polling units
Bello Ahmed, the Ekiti state commissioner of police in charge of the Osun governorship re-run election in Olede in Ife south local government, has said that security agents were monitoring the issue of vote-buying.
Ahmed, while speaking with newsmen at Adereti polling Unit 12, ward 7 in Olode, said that any one caught buying votes would be arrested.
He, however, said that the election had been peaceful, adding that the voters were behaving maturely.
”We are law abiding and we obey the rule of law but anyone who perpetrates crime will be arrested. But so far, so good; the election is going on smoothly,” Ahmed said.
Also speaking, Stephen Ojewande, deputy director of Voter Education and Publicity, INEC, said nobody was allowed to come to the polling unit with smartphones.
Ojewande said people with smartphones were restricted 300 metres away from the polling units.
“We ensure that nobody comes to the polling unit with smartphones. We also ensure that people with smartphones are chased 300 metres away from the polling unit,” he said.
Ojewande also said that voting would end by 2pm, adding that the last person on the queue would be attended to.
Also speaking, Olalekan Tanni, a member of local observer group, said the election process was very transparent.
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Tanni also commended INEC officials for arriving at the polling unit early. He, however, said that no election observer was prevented from monitoring the election at the polling unit.
Femi Kuku, INEC supervisory presiding officer, said that election materials arrived at the polling unit before 7am Kuku also said that the turnout of voters was impressive.
Meanwhile, there was heavy security presence at the polling unit even as voters waited patiently to exercise their civic duties.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that at Olode there were 581 voters with PVCs.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that a polling agent of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the ongoing governorship rerun election in Osun state was missing on duty on Thursday, September 27.
The agent did not report at the Ward 7, Unit 12 Polling Unit in Adereti village, Ife South local government area.
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