The Independent National Electoral Commission has stated that 30 commissioners of police will be deployed to Osun State for of the September 22 gubernatorial election.
48 political parties have been listed to contest the governorship election which brings in a new administration after Rauf Aregbesola’s eight-year tenure.
The deployment of the security chiefs was made known by the state INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner for Osun, Segun Agbaje, in a meeting with student leaders in Osogbo on Saturday.
“For maximum security, 30 commissioners of police will be deployed to the state and each will man a local government. Osun is a peaceful state and we don’t want the security to be compromised,” he said.
The student leaders represented the tertiary institutions in the state. Several students from these schools will work as ad-hoc staff for the conduct of the election.
While briefing the students on their roles as ambassadors of the commission, He said, “as an INEC ambassador, you should tell the electorate that INEC is focused on conducting a free and fair election.”
Mr Agbaje condemned vote-buying and stated that the commission is trying everything in its capacity to curb the act in the forthcoming election and apprehend violators of the Electoral Act.
He also reiterated that security operatives are not meant to intimidate the electorate but to provide security at the polling units, protect election materials and arrest offenders as well those with the intention of violence.
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