INEC Declares Osun Election Inconclusive, Fixes September 27 For A Rerun
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the just conducted Osun State Governorship election inconclusive.
This was announced by the INEC’s Returning Officer Joseph Afuwape on Sunday afternoon.
According to the result so far, Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party comes first with a poll of 254, 699, Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) pulled 254, 345 while the nearest to the two most popular party was Iyiola Omisore of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) who pulled in 128, 049 votes.
The difference between the PDP and the APC votes was just 353 in favour of the PDP.
Explaining further, Afuwape said no winner has been declared.
The number of cancelled votes was 3, 498.
“Unfortunately, as the Returning Officer, it is not possible to declare any party as the winner,” he said.
INEC, therefore, fixed September 27th for the conclusion of the Osun State governorship election.
The rerun is due to some irregularities which were reported at some polling units in Ife North, Orolu local government area and Ife South.
Other attributions were card reader malfunctioning, ballot box snatching among others which led to the cancellation of the 3,498 votes from the affected polling units.
The Returning Officer and Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Prof Joseph Fowape said, while quoting INEC’s Standing Rules at the commission’s headquarters in Osogbo, that the Commission had to declare the election inconclusive because the margin between the two leading candidates is lower than the registered cancelled votes.
He added that a return will take place in five days time, on Thursday, September 27, 2018.