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Politics of Monday, 19 September 2022

Source: www.mynigeria.com

Over voting: Evidence shows Adeleke may not be sworn-in as Governor

Governor-elect Ademola Adeleke Governor-elect Ademola Adeleke

A recent report by YIAGA Africa, a non-profit civil civic hub of change-makers committed to the promotion of democratic governance, human rights and civic engagement has disclosed that there was over-voting in the concluded elections in Osun State.

This was made public at a presentation and review of the governorship poll in the presence of the officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) led by its chairman, Mahmoud Yakubu, in Abuja.

According to the report, The Nations said that 12 local governments in the state recorded over-voting during the poll.

This latest report has created tension within the political class.

While reacting to the report, the chief press secretary to governor Gboyega Oyetola, Ismail Omipidan, said the All Progressives Congress (APC) only lost vote count and not the election.

“Findings from the analysis on the Osun PVC collection data disclosed that the total number of PVCs collected for 30 polling units was greater than the total number of registered voters in those polling units. These inconsistencies were recorded in 12 councils,” Omipidan said.

Citing YIAGA Africa, he said the organisation curated an election results analysis dashboard (ERAD), as an independent audit and integrity test assessment tool for the results management of INEC, 87 results were not processed on the ERAD as a result of some issues, Legit,ng reports.

“Based on the results entered on the ERAD database, there was a variation in the total number of rejected ballots and the figures announced by INEC at the final collation.”

He added that blurry images and poorly captured photographs of result sheets were uploaded on the IReV portal, stating that the presiding officers uploaded truncated images of result sheets.

Reacting to the report, the director general of the governor-elect, Ademola Adeleke campaign organisation, Kolapo Alimi, said: “YIAGA had commended the election, noting that it was free and fair. It agreed with over 60 observers, local and international.

"It is suspicious that the same organization is now coming after two months to condemn the process.”

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