INEC admits overvoting in Osun governorship election

In the July 16 governorship election that resulted in Ademola Adeleke becoming the new governor of Osun State, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has acknowledged that there was excessive voting.

Deputy Director of INEC’s ICT Department, Mrs. Abimbola Oladunjoye, revealed this when she testified before the Election Petition Tribunal hearing the petition filed by Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola and the All Progressives Congress (APC) challenging the declaration of Adeleke as the election’s victor.

Cross-examined by the petitioners’ counsel, Chief Akin Olujinmi SAN, Oladunjoye, who was referred to as a star witness of INEC, admitted that in Ward 4 unit 7, Ede South Local Government, there was an over-voting of 75, as the figure of accreditation on the BVAS report presented by INEC was 313, while the result on Form EC8A was 383.

Oladunjoye’s attention was also drawn to paragraph 21.36 of his witness statement, where she said the accreditation figure was 830, but in the BVAS report presented by INEC, the figure of accreditation was 793, admitting that there was an overvote of 37.

The witness also admitted that in paragraph 26.7 of his witness statement, there was an accreditation figure of 402, while the accreditation figure on the INEC BVAS report was 263, admitting that there was an over-voting of 139.

Also in paragraph 23.24 of his witness statement, Oladunjoye agreed that the accreditation figure she mentioned was 448, while the accreditation figure on BVAS was 224, admitting that there was an overvote of 224.

The witness, who said under cross examination that she was not a presiding officer on the election day, added that it was only the presiding officers who had an explanation of what transpired at the polling units on the election day.

The INEC representative, who admitted that she signed and certified a BVAS report for the petitioners, further said the copy of the report was different from the one issued to the respondents, adding that she never indicated that the report issued to the petitioners was an interim document, which would be subjected to synchronisation.

She testified that the synchronisation was done after the election result had been declared on July 17 and the BVAS report had been issued to the petitioners on July 27.

After the cross-examination of the witness, Chief Olujinmi hinted that the irregularities identified in the BVAS report presented by INEC were just the tip of the iceberg, saying there were loads of over-voting during the election.



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