- INEC has been tasked to release the total number of PVCs collected in the seven polling units slated for the Osun governorship rerun
- The demand was made by the The Advocacy for Integrity and Economic Development
- The group said INEC must take the action to prove its unbiased stand in the election
The Advocacy for Integrity and Economic Development (AIED) has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to prove its unbiased stand by releasing the total number of Permanent Voter's Cards (PVCs) collected in the seven polling units that the Osun rerun election will be held.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng by its director of media and publicity, Comrade O'Seun John, AIED raised concern over the independence of the commission amidst the allegations of complicity by its officials.
Part of the statement read: “We are deeply concerned about the allegations surrounding the conduct of the Saturday September 22nd governorship election in Osun state. While we praise the electorates for embarking on a peaceful exercise, allegations against INEC as being unbiased are too heavy to be overlooked.
“INEC is the most powerful institution in Nigeria, far more powerful than the office of the president because it holds the key to whatever form or shape the presidency takes. It is therefore a greater threat to national security if the commission is seen to be favourable to a particular political party or individual.
“Seeing an official of the commission on national television confessing to an offence of destroying document of the commission capable of manipulating the outcome of the election is saddening.
“While we wish to believe that the said official and his supervisor acted alone, we urge INEC to release forthwith, the details of Permanent Voter's Cards (PVC) collected in the seven polling units in a display of transparency and fairness.
“This is of utmost importance as such move will erase any thoughts of a planned manipulation between the commission and the ruling party."
INEC had earlier described as irresponsible and baseless, the allegation that uncollected PVCs were being released ahead of the rerun election.
Rotimi Oyekanmi, chief press secretary to the INEC chairman, dismissed the allegation on Monday, September 24 in Abuja, challenging the Coalition of United Political Parties, which raised the alarm, to provide the proof.
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