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2022: Expect Conclusive Election In July 16 – Osun REC Assures Electorate

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As the Osun July 16 governorship election approaches, the Resident Electoral Commissioner of the State , Professor Abdulganiy Olayinka, has assured people of Osun that inconclusive election will not happen again.

Prof. Olayinka disclosed this on Monday at a stakeholders forum organized by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, State Headquarters, Osogbo.

Blaze Newz recalls that there was an inconclusive election during 2018 gubernatorial which made INEC to conduct another round of election to determine the winner between Governor Gboyega Oyetola of All Progressives Congress, APC, and Senator Ademola Adeleke of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The Osun REC maintained that INEC is working tireless to ensure that the upcoming July 16 governorship election is free,fair and violence free.

While speaking on the commission’s efforts to ensure that voters apathy is reduced to the bearest minimal , Prof. Olayinka said INEC Abuja has graciously approved the current ongoing CVR at the State Office and at the INEC LGA Offices be devolved and taken to the three hundred and thirty-two(332) Registration Areas/Electoral Wards in the State, commencing from Thursday, 24th and Wednesday, 30th March, 2022 between the hours of 9:00am and 3:00pm.

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He noted that the decision was aimed at ensuring that all eligible voters who have not or could not perform their civic duty of registering as voters due to distance, are provided with the opportunity to do so with ease.

He, however, urged members of the public to take this advantage to either register or transfer their voting rights to Polling Units, especially the newly created PUs close to their residence, saying “doing so would enable the Commission to leverage on having even distribution of 500 voters in each Polling Unit with its attendant benefit of completing the voting process in daytime.

“This would prevent night marauders from unleashing their havoc and make election inconclusive” he said.

Also speaking, Deputy Director of ICT, Dr. Lawrence Bayode said the commission will make use of Bimodal Voter Accreditation System,BVAS, an all in one technology which replaces Smart Card Reader,SCR.

He added that the BVAS previous elections for electronic accreditation of voters since 2015 and the DZPad used in previous elections for Polling Unit level results upload since 2020.

This multi-functional integrated Device has different acronyms for the different activities ,it is used for INEC Voter Enrolment Device (IVED) – during registration; Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) -during voter accreditation and INEC Result Viewing Device (IReV Device) – during results upload.

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Furthermore he said “To improve the openness and credibility of elections, INEC decided to make available electronic copies of the PU Result Sheet (ECBA) for the General Public to view.

“This implies that the ECBA form filled and signed by each Presiding Officer (PO) is scanned or photographed and uploaded to a public domain which can be viewed by the general public.

“This has been successfully deployed since the 8″ August 2020 Bye Election in Nasarawa State till date, and it will also be used in the 12th February 2022 Area Council Elections in the FCT” he said.

Those in attendance are representatives of political parties, civil society organizations, religious leaders, traditional leaders and security agencies.

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