Electoral body insists on July 8 for Osun by-election

Yinka Salaam, Osogbo

The Osun West Senatorial District by-election to replace the Senator Isiaka Adeleke who died about three months ago will hold as scheduled on July 8, 2017.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) gave this assurance at a stakeholders’ briefing on Monday in Osogbo, the state capital.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner of Delta State, Mr. Baritor Kpagih, who has been deployed to Osun for the poll allayed the fears of some political parties on an alleged plan to shift the date.

He assured the public of the Commission’s readiness and commitment to free, fair and credible election.

The REC sought the cooperation of security agencies, representatives of political parties, election observers and monitors, voters, the media and others stakeholders for a successful poll.

“Eleven political parties will participate in this election. Only electorates with permanent voters cards and verified by card-readers will be allowed to vote during the election.

Let me stress that voting and accreditation will take place simultaneously. Voting will commence by 8:00am and close by 2:00pm but whosoever is still on queues at the closing hour would still be allowed to vote,” he stated.

Vehicular restriction

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Olafimihan Adeoye said the restriction of vehicular movement shall be between the hours of 6:00am and 6:00pm on election day.

He stated that while vehicular movement would be restricted on Osogbo-Gbongan road, movement Ibadan/Ife expressway would be left unrestricted.

Mr. Adeoye warned those who have no business in the electoral process to stay off ballot areas, adding that security agencies will collaborate to ensure a violent-free election.

In a remark, the Director of the National Youth Service Corps in the state, Mr. Emmanuel Attah made a passionate appeal to politicians not to harass corps members who would be deployed as ad hoc staff.

He assured voters and politicians of the impossibility of faking the ad hoc staff.

“Let me assure you that there can’t be fake corp members as being speculated. They are well trained and we have very unique ways of identifying them. Let me warn that whosoever attempts to impersonate corp members will be detected promptly and made to face the music,” he warned.

Omolayo.A