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INEC seeks security guarantee in Ondo poll

16 April 2014, 20:52

Akure - Independent National Electoral Commision, INEC in Ondo State says there will be no by-election  in Ilaje/Ese-Odo Federal Constituency unless political parties guarantee  security.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner  in the state, Akin Orebiyi, stated this on Tuesday in Akure at a meeting to give parties an update on the inconclusive election.

INEC had conducted a by-election on April 5 to replace Raphael Nomiye who died on November 21, 2013.

The commission, however, declared the exercise inconclusive, saying  more than 7 000 people were unable to vote as a result of violence in some wards.

Orebiyi said  the meeting was to  enable the  commission and  parties  agree on the conduct of the election.

Contributing, Banji Okunomo, a Labour Party chieftain, expressed dissatisfaction over the inconclusive election.

Okunomo claimed that his party had majority of the lawful votes cast during the by-election and faulted INEC for not declaring its candidate winner of the poll.

He, however, said a case on the issue had been instituted at the Federal High Court, Akure, adding that only the court could order for supplementary election if necessary.

Okunomo said polling did not take place in some areas because the residents deliberately barred electoral officers from taking election materials there.

Solomon Tunyan, the Chairman of  the PDP  in Ese-Odo Local Government Area, had  alleged that some members of a political party prevented  electoral materials  from getting to Ward 2 in Arugbo.

A PDP member in the area, Kunle Odidi, however, commended INEC and security agencies for the “peaceful conduct of the by-election and quick delivery of electoral materials.’’

Odidi assured the commission that there would be no violence in the supplementary election.

In his remarks, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Isaac Ike, said adequate security  would be provided whenever the supplementary election was scheduled.

 - NAN

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