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#OsunDecides2018: INEC Sets Date For Rerun



#OsunDecides2018: Why INEC Declared Osun Election Inconclusive

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed September 27 for Osun State governorship election rerun.

AN24 reports that this is coming after the Commission declared Saturday’s poll as inconclusive.

AN24 had reported earlier that INEC commenced the governorship election in the state around 8:00 am on Saturday, September 22, amidst tight security.

In our report, we stated that the election took place in all the thirty local government areas in the southwest state with forty-eight candidates vying for the number one political position in the southwest state.

Announcing the results at the INEC collation centre in Osogbo, the Osun state capital, the Returning Officer of the Commission, Professor Adeola Fuwape, said the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scored 254,698 votes while ruling All Progressives Party (APC) scored 254,345 votes.

However, the electoral umpire declared the election inconclusive due to irregularities which marred the poll at some polling units in Ife North, Ife South and Orolu local government areas.

AN24 understands that they were also cases of card reader malfunctioning, ballot box snatching, among others, which led to the cancellation of 3,498 votes recorded in the affected polling units.

The Returning Officer, who is the Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Akure,  said the decision of the electoral body to declare the election inconclusive was hinged on INEC’s Standing Rules as the margin between the two leading candidates was lower than the number of cancelled votes.

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