INEC ready for Ife bye-election on Saturday

Yinka Salaam, Osogbo

The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, has assured residents of Ife-Central, in Osun state, South-west Nigeria of adequate security and protection for the electorates for Saturday’s bye-election.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of Osun, Alhaji Nasiru Ayilara gave this assurance at a press conference ahead of a bye-election for Ife-Central state constituency on Saturday.

He said security agencies have also given assurance that adequate protection would be provided for election materials, residents, as well as the 817 INEC officials and NYSC members that would conduct the election.

The bye-election is necessitated by the death of a minority leader in the State House of Assembly member, Mr Makinde Oladejo who passed away on Dec. 27 after a brief illness.

Responding to people’s apprehension, going by violence recorded in the recent election in Rivers State, Ayilara said Rivers experience would be prevented in Osun as restriction of movement shall be imposed between 8am to 4pm.

He stressed that security agents are up to the task of maintaining law and order for the duration of the election.

Ayilara however explained that only 52,393 electorates with Permanent Voter Cards out of the 95, 232 registered voters would be eligible to vote.

“In compliance with the new INEC policy, accreditation and voting would be carried-out simultaneously till the last person on the queue cast his or her vote.

“Though Ife-Cental is a small local government, it is very important and historical to INEC, which warrants deployment of INEC officials from Abuja and Kogi state,” he said.

The bye-election will take place in 11 wards, 168 polling units across Ife-Central Local Government Area in Osun.

According to the Commission, sensitive and non sensitive materials would be moved from Osogbo state headquarters to Ife INEC stations/wards on Friday.