The resident electoral commissioner in Osun State, Mr Segun Agbaje, has assured stakeholders that the September 22 governorship election in the state will be credible.
Agbaje said this yesterday at a programme organised by an NGO, Kimpact Development Initiative (KIDI) and tagged, ‘Vote Not Fight Campus Town Hall Meeting,’ held at the Osun State University, in Osogbo.
Agbaje said that the era of rigging elections has passed with the introduction of the enhanced card reader machine and other adequate measures the commission has put in place to ensure credible, free and fair election in the state.
Agabaje, who noted that 48 political parties will participate in the election, said the commission has already sourced for 90 per cent of ad-hoc staff to be used for the election.
The ad-hoc staff, he said, would include 8,000 NYSC members out the 15,000 needed. He assured that adequate security would also be provided for them, even as they will be trained and asked to take the oath of neutrality before the election.
On the collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) Agbaje said that, of the 1,626,383 registered voters, 1,144,273 PVCs have been collected. He said 524,251 PVCs were yet to be collected.
Agabaje also said that accreditation and voting would be done simultaneously on election day, while the poll itself would commence at 8am and end at 2pm. He urged youths not to allow themselves to be used as political thugs before, during and after the election.
Ealier in his remarks, Mr Bukola Idowu, KIDI executive director, said the Vote Not Fight Campaign was to promote peaceful participation in the electoral process. Idowu urged all the political stakeholders, especially the youths, to shun violence during the election.
He said the NGO would continue to campaign against violence during elections, adding that campaign coordinators have been deployed to all the 30 local governments and 332 wards in the state.
Also speaking, Prof Labode Popoola, the Vice-Chancellor of Osun University, appealed to the youths to shun violence during the election.