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Low Turnout Marks Osun LG Poll

Voters’ apathy characterized the Saturday’s local council poll conducted by Osun State Independent Electoral Commission, OSSIEC.

There was a poor turnout of voters in some polling Units visited in Egbedore, Osogbo and Bolorunduro areas of Osun while some units in Ward 10 in Egbedore Local Government Area of Osogbo were empty of voters.

Radio Nigeria reporter, who went around some polling Units, found that the Osun State Independent Electoral Commission, OSSIEC, officials had left the polling Units as there were no voters to participate in the Local Government election.

Speaking in an interview with journalists in Igbajo, Bolorunduro Local Government Area, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Matters, Mr. Sunday Akere commended OSIEC for the peaceful conduct of the election.

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At Dada Estate market, in Egbedore local government area, a woman hawking smoked fish, who refused to be recorded by our correspondent said, she came from Iwo town to do her daily business in the market adding that she did not know the election was taking place this Saturday.

Also speaking, one of the residents of Ofatedo, Mr. Dimeji Ojo said, he did not go out to vote since he did not know the Councilor or Chairman contesting in the election.

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However, despite the no movement order by the state government, some shops and market stalls were opened for business while some motorcycle operators were going about carrying passengers from one area to another.

Similarly, a Radio Nigeria correspondent, who monitored the exercise in Osogbo, Ikirun Iragbiji and Ilobu noticed that there was voters’ apathy.

Some residents were also seen going about with their businesses despite the restrictions ordered by the state government.

However, our correspondent in Osogbo reports of voting exercise in Unit 2 and unit 3 Ibokun road ward 7 Alagbaa Area, Ward 9 and 12  in Oja Oba Market, Unit 8 Ward 6 Otun Jagunbi, Akolu Compound, Itaolokan. 

Shops, filling stations and markets were observed to be under lock and key in places visited including Station Road, Oja Oba, Italokan, Aiyepe, Ilesa Garage, Owode -Ilesa and Kajola areas of the town. 

There were slight movements of commercial vehicles and motorcyclists on the major roads. 

Osun Independent Electoral Commission, OSEIC officers, and security officials manned the polling units, and various security agencies were observed patrolling around the major roads of the areas visited to maintain peace and order. 

Speaking with Radio Nigeria,  an OSIEC presiding officer, Mr Tunde Abdulazeez said the voting process commenced at 9.00a.m.and most voters left the polling units after casting their vote. 

In an Interview, a politician, Prince AbdulAkeem Olaniyan described the process as smooth, free and fair, commending the State Independent Electoral Commission for the timely distribution of Electoral materials. 

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Speaking, The Chairman, Osun State Independent Electoral Commission, Otunba Segun Oladitan said only All progressive Congress participated in the election.

Otunba Oladitan noted that the commission had provided enabling environment for all political parties to participate in the election but some political parties decided not to participate in the exercise

It would be recalled that the last local government election in Osun State was held in January 2018.

Funmi Adekoya/Wasiu Ajadosu

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