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APC says INEC frustrates voters in Osun

15 July 2014, 12:10

Osun - The All Progressives Congress (APC) alleged electoral authorities were denying its members permanent voter’s cards in an attempt to disenfranchise them in next month’s governorship election in Osun State.

In a statement issued today in Benin by its National Publicity Secretary,  Lai Mohammed, the party alleged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) demanded to know which party prospective voters supported before it issued the cards.

Almost all who had identified themselves as APC members had been told their PVCs are not ready, the party alleged.

“This is nothing but systematic rigging from source.”

The party challenged the INEC leadership, who could not be reached for contact, to wade into the delay in the distribution of PVCs in Osun, since it is possible that this planned disenfranchisement of APC members may be the handwork of some compromised INEC officials in the state.

It said if INEC cannot ensure that all prospective voters in the state will get their PVCs before the August 9th election, the electoral commission should do the needful by allowing all those who can present their temporary voters cards to exercise their franchise on Election Day.

“Anything short of an urgent resolution of the PVC crisis, which may have been instigated deliberately by unscrupulous elements within INEC, will not augur well for a free, fair and credible election on August 9,” APC stated.

The party recalled that since it first raised the alarm over the PVC shenanigans in Osun, via a statement it issued on July 6h, the situation had worsened.

“'The continued denial of APC members in Osun of their PVCs and the silence of INEC over the issue have given us a serious cause for concern, and we are calling on INEC to resolve the issues we have raised if indeed the commission has no plan to collude with the PDP to rig the election in Osun. When the referee decides to play for one of the teams he is supposed to preside over in a critical match, there can be no grounds to continue with the match or repose any confidence in the calls made by the referee. We sincerely hope INEC is listening,” stated the opposition party.

– CAJ News

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