Voters and INEC officials disagree on placement of ballot boxes

There has been a rift between voters in Irewole Local Government Area and Independent National Electoral Commission officials in the ongoing Osun State gubernatorial election.

It was learned that the disagreement started over the placement of ballot boxes in Voting Unit 5, Ward 8, Ikire, Irewole LGA of the State.

While INEC officials wanted the ballot box to be placed under a shed, voters preferred the ballot box to be placed in an open area.

Field security officers attempted to restore normalcy in a video that was shared online.

According to the Independent National Electoral Commission, 15 political parties are participating in the election with 1,955,657 registered voters.

According to the Independent National Electoral Commission, 15 political parties are participating in the election with 1,955,657 registered voters.

INEC also said the election would be held in 332 registration areas across the state’s 30 local government areas.

Although 15 political parties are said to be contesting the election, the main contenders are All Progressives Congress candidate Governor Gboyega Oyetola and Peoples Democratic Party candidate Ademola Adeleke.

This would be the second time the two candidates have met.

Oyetola and Adeleke competed for the governorship of Osun in 2018, which Oyetola won after a replay.

After the re-election which was held in seven units, Oyetola won seven, while Adeleke won one.

At the end of the replay, Oyetola garnered 255,505 votes while the PDP candidate received a total of 255,023 votes.

Although Adeleke led Oyetola with 353 votes at the end of the first round of voting, but after the replay Oyetola won with 482 votes.