#OsunDecides2018: What Election Observer Said About INEC And Process
The people of Osun State should be happy with the electoral body for the way it conducted the governorship election, an election observer has said.
The governorship election held on September 22, 2018, has been declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), but Dr. Gabriel Nwambu, who was in Osun to observe the election, praised the INEC for the conduct of the election.
He also gave accolades to the people of Osun for their conduct all through the electoral process.
"It is evident that the people of Osun State are very peaceful and we have not noticed any violence," he told reporters after the collation of the result.
During the election, the police made several arrest of suspects said to be engaging in vote buying and this was also mentioned by the observer.
"The issue of vote buying that was becoming malignant in the electoral process of Nigeria was reduced to the barest minimum," he stated.
After election observers reported that vote buying was rampant in Ekiti State election, INEC prohibited the use of mobile phones in polling booths during thumb-printing, and that decision, according to the observer, paid off.
"Nigerians should indeed be happy that we have an INEC that is responsive and responsible to yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians.
"The Osun State governorship election has shown that INEC we know today under the leadership of Professor Mahmood Yakubu, is an INEC that has its head high in terms of integrity, in terms of delivering unbiased results and in terms of listening to the yearnings of Nigerians,"Dr. Nwambu added.
The election was declared inconclusive by INEC, which highlighted that the number of invalid votes was more than the margin between the two top candidates – Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party and Gboyega Oyetola of All Progressives Congress.
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