INEC Cancels House of Reps Election In Ife

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There will be no National Assembly election tomorrow in Ife Central, Ife North, Ife South, Ife East Federal Constituency of Osun State.

The Independent National Electoral Commission in Osun State, made this known in a press statement made available to P.M.NEWS.

The decision, INEC said, was as a result of the omission of Accord Party’s logo on the ballot papers to be used in the rescheduled elections.

Femi Akinbiyi, Osun State Public Affairs Officer of INEC said: “The commission took this step in all honesty to avoid post-election litigations which may affect the entire electoral process in the constituency.”

He said that while the affected Federal Constituency has been included in the list of Federal Constituencies where election have been postponed till 26 April, 2011, the Senatorial election in the district-Osun East Senatorial District,-will go on as planned.

Akinbiyi said the commission is fully prepared for elections in all other Senatorial and Federal Constituencies in all the 30 Local Government areas of the state.

In the same vein, the Accord Party in the state has frowned at the alleged criminal activities of some candidates in tomorrow’s elections.

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Speaking with journalists, Kola Jegede, the State Public Relations Officer of the party said this was coming on the heels of the arrest and arraignment of Olufemi Fakeye, an Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN candidate in Ila Federal Constituency, at the Osogbo Magistrate’s Court 2 yesterday.

Fakeye, who has been granted bail, was accused of abducting two members of the Labour Party in the constituency.

The party said the elections should not be seen as a do-or-die affair and called for a free, fair and credible elections devoid of violence.

“It is paramount that this election should not be a do-or-die affair. Hence the electorate should not be intimidated or thrown into panic to dissuade them from performing their lawful civic duty,” Jegede said.

 

By Funsho Arogundade/Oshogbo