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INEC Reveals New Date For Osun State Governorship Supplementary Election

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The Independent National Electoral Commission has fixed September 27th for Osun State governorship election rerun .
The election umpire had on Sunday declared the election inconclusive based on an INEC technicality.

INEC Returning Officer and Vice – Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology , Akure , Prof Joseph Fowape , while announcing the results said the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party , Ademola Adeleke, polled 254 , 698 votes to defeat that of the All Progressives Congress , Gboyega Oyetola , who polled 254 , 698 votes .

However , due to irregularities which marred the election at some polling units in Ife North , Ife South and Orolu local government areas, including cases of card reader malfunctioning, ballot box snatching , among others, this led to the cancellation of 3, 498 votes recorded in the affected polling units.

Quoting INEC ’ s Standing Rules at the commission ’ s headquarters in Osogbo , the state capital , Fowape, said since the margin between the two leading candidates was lower than the registered cancelled votes , the election had to be declared inconclusive .

He stated that a rerun would take place at the affected polling units on Thursday , September 27, 2018.

Rerun elections slated for September 27 in Osun are to hold in seven polling unit across four local government areas.

One polling unit each is in Ife North and Osogbo; two are in Ife South, and three are in Orolu local government area.

INEC declared the rerun after it announced the Osun governorship elections “inconclusive” on Sunday.

It said it had to cancel 3498 votes in the affected areas. The numbers left a difference of 353 between the main contenders APC and PDP.

Despite PDP’s 353-vote margin over APC, all 48 parties will take part in the rerun, INEC said.

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