The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has presented the Register of Voters to political parties ahead of the next month governorship election in Osun State.
The National Electoral Commissioner, representing Osun, Oyo and Ekiti States, Prince Adedeji Soyebi made the presentation at the INEC complex in Osogbo, the state capital
The exercise is in compliance with section 20 of the Electoral Act 2010.
In an opening remark, Prince Soyebi explained that the essence of presenting the voter’s register was to enable the political parties to attempt a critical assessment of the list, with a view to preventing underage voters, foreigners or any other persons that are not eligible to participate in the process.
The National Commissioner expressed dissatisfaction that over five hundred thousand of the over one point six million registered voters in the State had not collected their permanent voter cards.
He also appealed to political parties to cooperate with the commission to stamp out the scourge of vote buying, saying anyone caught would be made to face the wrath of the law.
Earlier, the Osun State Resident Electoral Commission, Mr Segun Agbaje announced that the commission was targeting 75% collection of the Voter cards before the September 22nd governorship election.
Mr Agbaje said between Thursday, August 31st and Sunday, September 1st, the PVCs would be taken to the various wards for ease of collection.
He assured that the commission was working round the clock to create a level playing field for the 48 political parties in the state.
The Osun electoral commissioner hinted that “the majority of the non-sensitive materials that would be used for the election have already been received in the state and distributed to the Local Government INEC offices.
Speaking with journalists after collecting the soft copies of the Voters’ register representatives of the political parties, including Mr Ogunmodede Akinloye of the Action Alliance, AA and the governorship candidate of Accord Party, Pastor Pade Okunola expressed satisfaction with INEC preparation for the Osun gubernatorial election.