INEC declares Osun governorship election inconclusive

The Electoral Commission INEC, has declared the Osun State governorship election “inconclusive.”

At the end of the collation of votes, the PDP candidate, Ademola Adeleke, won majority votes of about 254,698 votes while Gboyega Oyetola of the APC came a close second with 254,345 votes. Both leading candidates had a difference of about 354 votes.

However, due to irregularities which marred the election at some polling units in Ife North, Ife South and Orolu local government areas, including cases of card reader malfunctioning, ballot box snatching, among others, this led to the cancellation of 3,498 votes recorded in the affected polling units.

The reason for the decision, according to the electoral body, is because the number of cancelled votes is higher than the margin between the two top candidates.

The margin was, however, less than the 3,498 votes in the polling units where voting was cancelled.

Unfortunately,the returning officer, it’s not possible to declare anybody as the clear winner of the election on the first ballot,” Mr Fuwape, Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Akure said.

INEC’s election guideline made pursuant to Section 153 of the Electoral Act stipulates a rerun if the margin of victory in an election is lower than the number of voters in units where elections are cancelled. In that case, rerun will hold in areas where elections are cancelled.

The electoral commission later declared Thursday, September 27 as the day of the rerun election.

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