FB IMG 1517118368757 300x169 - Osun council poll peaceful, turn-out impressive
Photo Credit: Mudashir Ayanfe

 

FB IMG 1517118348725 225x300 - Osun council poll peaceful, turn-out impressive
Photo credit: Mudashir Ayanfe

The local government election in Osun State on Saturday was peaceful.

Residents observed the vehicular restriction order of the Osun State Electoral Commission (OSIEC) as motorist kept away from major roads in the state.

At the poll, 318 councillorship candidates were presented unopposed in 318 wards with71 out of 389 wards holding the election.

Only six political  parties participated in the exercise, including the ruling All Progressives Congress, the Accord Party, meanwhile The People’s Democratic Party boycotted the election.

The poll held in 6 wards of the Osun Central Senatorial District, 13 wards in the West Senatorial and 52 wards in the East Senatorial District of the state.

Armed security operatives were stationed across the state to maintain law and order.

Electoral materials had arrived polling booths across the state as early as 8.00 am except in few places in Ife like Akarabata ward 10 unit 2, where voting exercise did not start until after 9.30 am.

The Presiding Officer at the polling unit, Mr. Isaac Adewole, who disclosed that the unit has 634 total registered voters, said there was an initial mix up in the materials supplied by the electoral body to the ward with 12 polling units.

Meanwhile, there was  pandemonium at  Iremo road in Ile Ife,  as men of the Nigerian Police Force arrested an alleged cultist popularly known as Oluremo of Iremo.

Former Commissioner for Home Affairs, Culture and Tourism, Hon. Sikiru Ayedun, who was at his More ward 1, unit 10 to cast his ballot, said nobody was disenfranchised in Ile-Ife.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of Osun Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC), Mr Segun Oladitan, on Saturday said the low turnout at some polling units in the ongoing local government election was due to some mis-information.

On the late arrival of election materials, he said logistics and human factor were responsible for the late arrival.

“But the fact that election materials arrived at their scheduled destination by 9a.m. was a reasonable time,’’ he said.

Source: The Nation

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