Electoral body to tackle vote buying in Osun 

Yinka Salaam, Osogbo

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Osun State INEC Commissioner, Mr Olusegun Agbaje (centre) with some official during the sensitisation forum.

Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it is posed to use the September 22 governorship poll in Osun State to deter vote buying in the country.

INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Osun, Mr Olusegun Agbaje said this in Osogbo, the state capital, at a one-day sensitisation Forum organised for Media Executives and Reporters on the conduct of the poll election.

He said a red alert shall be sent to those who would want to be involved in votes buying and vote selling as well other criminal activities in future elections.

The Commissioner gave out the statistics of the electorates for the election.

“Registered voters in the State stands at 1,682,495, while PVC collected was 1,213,026 and uncollected stood at 463,186.

“The number of Local Government Areas is 30, while number of registration Areas is 332 and voting points and polling units are 3,765.

“I appealed to voters who are yet to collect their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) to do so before September 14, 2018 which is a week to the election. Let us also tell the world that INEC can conduct free and credible elections in Nigeria,” he said.

Proper registration
The commission promised to ensure adequate security during the election.

In a goodwill message, the Chairman, Osun State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mr Kehinde Ayantunji appealed to INEC to ensure proper registration of journalists and guide against invasion of fake and unaccredited reporters during the poll. .

Also, the General Manager of Rave FM Radio, Mr Femi Adefila urged INEC to provide newsmen access to necessary information during the election.

Sammie Idika