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Investigate And Prosecute Those Arrested For Vote Buying In Osun Election - Observers Group Tells INEC, Security Agencies



A Non - governmental agencies called CLEEN Foundation has called on Independent National Electoral Commission In Osun State and Security agencies together with government to ensured they Prosecute and punished those who  are arrested for vote buying and others offenses  in  Osun Election held on Saturday .


The CLEEN Foundation who deployed not less than 90 observers for the 2018 Osun State governorship election said charging those that engages in votes buying and others electoral offences will serves as a deterrent to others in 2019 general election in the country.



The Executive Director of the Foundation, Mr Benson Olugbuo while delivering his speech on Sunday in Osogbo on '' post election statement on the conducts of the security agencies for the 2018 Osun State governorship election  said the foundation observers that some were alleged to have collected  money on election day and that the card readers  in some polling units Malfunction.

According to him,  the Foundation observation was that the smart card readers indicating Malfunction leading to slow down of the election in pooling unit 006 ward 4 in ifelodun local government.


''There were alleged cases of vote buying at polling unit 1ward 3 in Atakumosa West local government,  pooling unit 2, ward 8 in Irewole and pooling unit 2ward 2 in Egbedoore local government. Missing names on voters register at ward Pu 003 ward 03 Isaleoba Oke-Odo in Iwo local government.


The Foundation called on INEC to carry out a wholistic maintance and checks on the the smart card  reader ahead of the 2019 general election and should validate the votes register across the country to avoid  issues of missing names.


''The security agencies should abide by the the rules of engagement on the conduct of security personnel on election day . Continuous voters education should be improved upon by INEC, Media, civil society organization and the political party to voters insisting to vote without PVC or when their names are not on the voters  registrater.


He also  called on police service Commission (PSC)  to discipline police officers indicted for breach of the PSC  code of conduct for police officer on election  duty and sustainable Inter agencies corroboration among security agencies on election day adding that the welfare of security personnel deployed to the state should remain as a priority for the government.

The Foundation  also louded INEC and security officers for ensuring a peaceful credible fair and free election even when the election is inconclusive.

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