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INEC distributes sensitive materials for Saki West constituency election rerun

The distribution was done ahead of Saturday’s rerun election in the Saki West state constituency.

• February 1, 2024
INEC materials
INEC materials [Credit: NAN]

On Thursday, the Independent National Electoral Commission in Ibadan distributed sensitive election materials to its office in the Saki West LGA.

The distribution was done ahead of Saturday’s rerun election in the Saki West state constituency.

The distribution took place on the premises of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in Ibadan shortly after INEC management officials received the materials.

Resident electoral commissioner in Oyo, Adeniran Tella, who led the commission’s management officials to receive the sensitive materials, said the items received were in six cartons.

According to Mr Tella, the items were ballot papers (0000001- 0001304) and result sheets (EC 8A, EC 8B, EC 8C and EC 8E).

Dare Ojo, the chairman of the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) in the state, witnessed the distribution of the sensitive materials, joined by representatives of the two contending political parties, including Tajudeen Olanite of the All Progressives Congress and Biodun Popoola of the Peoples Democratic Party.

“The rerun election will be conducted in each polling unit in two registration areas of the state constituency. The two polling units are Odo Osun PU 007, with 750 registered voters, and Ogbalanja 019, with 554 registered voters.

“Two Bimodal Voters Accreditation System (BVAS) would be used accordingly for accreditation and voting,” Mr Tella said.

He, however, said INEC had provided two additional BVAS as backup, saying all the BVAS have been fully configured and charged.

On security arrangements, the REC said the commission did not regard the rerun poll as small “in spite of the fact that it will be conducted in two polling units.”

He said police commissioner Hamzat Adebola promised to provide 182 police personnel for the election.

Mr Tella advised eligible would-be voters, whose voter registration was domiciled in the two affected polling units, to be orderly.

He urged them to come out to perform their civic responsibility in choosing who would represent them at the state parliament.

The election rerun for the Oyo House of Assembly seat results from a court order regarding the March 18, 2023 election.

The Court of Appeal had sacked the lawmaker representing the Saki West state constituency, Shittu Ibrahim of APC, who was declared the winner of the election.

The PDP candidate, Julius Okedoyin, who was not satisfied with the result, approached the court, and the court subsequently ordered a rerun.


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