The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disclosed that a total of 1,955,657 registered voters would participate in the July 16, 2022, Osun state governorship election.
The Commission’s national commissioner and chairman of information and voter education, Mr. Festus Okoye, said this at a roundtable media executives dialogue on Friday in Osogbo, the state capital.
Okoye said 15 political parties would participate in the election in all the 30 local government areas in the state.
He, however, urged media executives in the state to ensure credible and fair reportage during the governorship election.
Okoye, who said the media was very important to the electoral process, added that without the media, the Commission’s election process and procedures might not get to the electorates and the parties’ candidates.
“We are meeting the media today because they are critical stakeholders in the electoral process. We appeal to the media to do proper investigation during the election before publishing any report.
“Breaking news is good but fact checking is also important for the right information to be sent out,” he said.
Okoye said the Bimodal Accreditation System (BVAS) would be used for the authentication and verification of voters.
He also said the election would be conducted within the ambit of the constitution, electoral act, INEC’s regulation and guidelines.
Okoye said the election would be free, fair and transparent.
According to him, “We have the power to do what is right and we will put everything in place to do that.”
Okoye said INEC chairman, Prof. Mohamood Yakubu, would be in the state between July 3 and July 7 to oversee the preparations for the election, adding that mock exercise and accreditation with BVAS would be done during the period.