– INEC officials in Osun have visited Christian and Muslim places of worship, to sensitize congregants about the evils of vote-buying
– The INEC REC in Osun said the upcoming governorship election will showcase how the 2019 general elections will be
– He said the electoral commission is determined to use the Osun election to make a statement against vote-buying
Ahead of the September 22 gubernatorial election in Osun, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday, September 9, visited some places of worship to sensitize the people of the state who have not collected their permanent voter cards to do so, and to tell them about the evils of vote-buying.
INEC’s resident electoral commissioner in the state, Olusegun Agbaje, led other officials of the commission to Winners’ Chapel in Osogbo, the state capital, Punch reports.
NAIJ.com gathers that the visitors informed the congregation about the commission’s readiness to conduct a credible poll in the state.
Agbaje stated: “The Osun governorship election is very important to Nigerians. The whole country is waiting for us; the international community is waiting to see how this election would go.
“The United States ambassador, the United Kingdom high envoy have come to meet us, to advise us on how they are doing it in their countries.
“This election will showcase how the 2019 general elections will be and we are ready to make it credible. We have been going round to sensitize the people.
“We want to implore those who have not collected their PVCs to do so because that is the only thing you can use to make an impact in the election. About 72.5 percent have collected and we still have about 400,000 PVCs uncollected.
“Vote-buying is an issue and it is embarrassing to the commission. Vote-buying is an electoral offence and it is against the Electoral Act to induce voters to vote for a candidate or to vote against a candidate.
“We are determined to make a statement against vote-buying in Osun election. If we don’t kill vote-buying in Osun election then we will have a problem in 2019.”
After the visit to the Christian place of worship, the INEC officials also paid a visit to NASFAT, where they preached the same message to the Muslim faithful.
The REC also tasked the people of the state to report any INEC official caught engaged in any wrongdoing to him. Agbaje also asked them to report him to the INEC chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, if they caught him in any illicit act.
Recall that NAIJ.com previously reported that Segun Agbaje, the resident electoral commissioner in Osun state, declared that the September 22 governorship election in the state would be credible.
Agbaje made this known at a programme tagged, ‘Vote Not Fight Campus Town Hall Meeting,’ which held at the Osun state University in Osogbo. The programme was organised by an NGO, Kimpact Development Initiative (KIDI).
Agbaje said that the era of rigging elections had passed, with the introduction of the enhanced card reader machine.
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