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30 observers interested in Osun LG poll – OSIEC

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The Osun State Independent Electoral Commission has said as much as 30 local and international observer groups had indicated interest in monitoring the October 15 local government elections in the state.

This was disclosed on Thursday by the commission’s spokesperson, Tunde Fanawopo, during an interview with Saturday PUNCH.

Sixteen political parties, including the ruling All Progressives Congress, will participate in the poll, while the Peoples Democratic Party and All Peoples Party declined participation in the poll.

The PDP had queried OSIEC’s decision to proceed with the election without complying with the constitutional provisions guiding such exercise.

Speaking further on the commission’s preparation for the poll, Fanawopo said observer groups that had applied would be screened before being allowed to monitor the poll.

He then declared that the commission had concluded plans to ensure a hitch-free exercise.

“We are accessing their applications already. We have over 30 applications presently. But we will review and prune the number down. We are set for the poll,” Fanawopo said.

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