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We are synergising with army for peaceful council poll, says Osibodu


[FILES] Nigerian Army PHOTO: Twitter

Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC) has said it is synergising with the Nigerian Army and other security agencies, to ensure protection of electorate, electoral officials, as well as electoral materials during the forthcoming council election in the state.
Chairman, OGSIEC, Mr. Babatunde Osibodu, who disclosed this, said the commission would guard against electoral malpractices, to further build people’s confidence.
He encouraged youths to utilise their voting numbers, by coming together to form a common force, to make their impact felt in the election.
“Those between age 18 and 35 are no doubt the majority. They can come together to form a common force and make bold statements politically. If this is done, they will not need any godfather. This is the time they need to make good use of their strength and number,” Osibodu said.

He also implored prospective voters, who have relocated within the state, to contact the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to be able to vote in the forthcoming council poll.

Osibodu explained that the Commission does not have the power to carry out continuous voter’s registration and polling unit’s delimitation, as such powers reside solely with INEC.
“The Commission has been inundated with enquiries by people, who relocated to the state or changed their places of residence within the state, but willing to vote in the forthcoming local council election in Ogun State on what to do considering the fact that they are to vote in the place they registered.
“They are to seize the opportunity of the Continuous Voter Registration to be embarked upon by INEC from Monday, June 28, 2021,’’ he said.

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