All Is Set For Osun Election Says Resident Electoral Commissioner

Aug 8, 2014

The Resident Electoral Commissioner for Osun State, Mr. Olusegun Agbaje. Photo: UNDP nigeria

The Resident Electoral Commissioner for Osun State, Mr. Olusegun Agbaje, has assured that all is set for a successful conduct of the Governorship election in Osun on August 9th 2014. The Resident Electoral Commissioner was speaking at a DGD supported event for the Federation of State Independent Electoral Commissions of Nigeria (FOSIECON), Mr. Agbaje said already sensitive and non sensitive voter materials have been distributed to all the 30 Local Government Area Offices for effective and timely preparations at the Local Government Area Level. He said 1, 407, 222 people have been registered in Osun State. 986, 117 Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) according to him, have been distributed as at 4th August. Also 3379 voting points have been setup to accelerate the accreditation and voting processes.

According to Mr. Agbaje, an Operations Room has been setup to closely monitor the progress of Election Day activities. Special telephone numbers are available for voters and electoral stakeholders to contact the Osun Electoral Commission Operations Rooms for enquiries or queries about the conduct of the election. Mr Agbaje also said adequate security arrangements have been put in place for the peaceful conduct of the election. Three security agents will be positioned at each Polling Unit on election day as approved by the Electoral Commission to maintain law and order. He said security would be beefed up at all identified flash points and hotspots across the State’s 30 Local Government Areas  to forestall any breakdown of law and order by elements who may want to disrupt the activities lined up for the smooth conduct of the election.

Mr Agbaje finally assured that INEC will do everything possible to ensure that the 9th August election is conducted on a level playing field for all the twenty political parties that have nominated candidates for the election.
Outlining the objectives of the study mission, the National Election Expert at the Democratic Governance for Development Project (DGD) Professor Bolade M. Eyinla said the mission is meant to build capacity, promote knowledge/experience sharing, peer learning and expose State Independent Electoral Commissions (SIECs) to INEC election logistics and deployment management processes to enable them better understand the election environment and how the activities of various stakeholders impact on the outcome of the elections.

At the end of the study mission, Professor Bolade said, the UNDP/DGD Project expects strengthened institutional linkages, cooperation and coordination between INEC and FOSIECON, enhancement of the election management and administrative capacity of SIECs and the development of an electoral management template by SIECs for better coordination, supervision, deployment and result management system.

He said given the premium placed on the promotion of the development and sustenance of democratic development at the most basic level of governance in Nigeria, that is, the local government areas, the UNDP/DGD Project will be facilitating the FOSIECON Delegates Conference.

The Democratic Governance for Development in Nigeria (DGD) is supporting different activities across Nigeria with the ultimate purpose of deepening democracy in the country. The project is supported by the  European Union, the UK Department for International Development (UKAid), the Canadian  Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) and UNDP.

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