Independent Electoral Commission Decries Alleged Intimidation of Voters, Observers and Others In Return
The allegations that security men are switching voters,observers and journalists, as well as supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from polling stations in the ongoing election in Osun State, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that it will not condone any act of intimidation.
The Chief Press Secretary of INEC, told newsmen that the commission is desirous of a free and fair process in Thursday’s supplementary election in which adequate preparations had been made.
However, there were reports that security agents stationed at various polling units to protect observers, electorate and journalists are now protecting political thugs to intimidate voters.
Reports according to accredited journalists monitoring the election shows that at Ward 8, Unit 1 at Kajola in Ifon Orolu Local Government of the state, the security men told newsmen and observers at the polling unit that they could not guarantee their safety.
The chief press secretary said: “Some hours ago, our attention was drawn to a development whereby election observers were either arrested or prevented from carrying out their duties. We intervened and they were released.
“But if it is true, as you have alleged that some voters were prevented from exercising their franchise in particular places, then that will be unfortunate.
“However, we need to be very careful not to designate voters as supporters of a particular political party, since no voter is seen wearing the emblem of any political party at any polling unit so far.
“To be sure, the commission will not condone or encourage any act of intimidation against all eligible voters in the re-run election.”
Meanwhile, the governorship candidate of the PDP in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, has described the ongoing rerun election in seven units in the state as a ‘coup’.