Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disclosed that it would use the voter’s register used for the 2019 general elections in the February 26, 2022 bye-election for Akure North/Akure South federal constituency in Ondo State.
He explained that those who just got registered in the ongoing Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) in June 2021 till date would not be able to vote during the bye-election because the data from the CVR were yet to be aggregated.
According to the REC, “This election is like a continuation of the 2019 general elections and meant to fill the void created in the 9th National Assembly in the sense the voter’s register and the old 408 polling units of the two local governments in the federal constituency deployed for the last general election will be used for the bye-election.”
The commission notes that there may be congestion in some large polling units, hence the deployment of some voting points in such polling units for this bye-election.
Akeju stated that the Biometric Voter Authentication System (BVAS) would be deployed for the bye-election.
He explained that the BVAS would accredit voters through finger prints and or facials as well as transmitting the results of poll from polling units to INEC Results Viewing (IRev) portal of the commission in real time.
The bye-election in which seven political parties are participating would hold from 8:30am to 2:30pm.
Recall that Olumuyiwa Adu emerged as the Peoples Democratic Party candidate for the Akure South/North Federal Constituency bye-election.
Mr. Adu scored 98 votes to beat its closest rival Kemisola Adesanya who scored 70 votes. Other contestants, Babatunde Faro scored 40, Dayo Awude 16 and Alarapon 8 votes, while a total of 233 delegates participated in the primary election, which was supervised by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Also, Mr Mayokun Lawson-Alade won the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary election ahead of the February 26th By-election to fill the vacant seat of the Akure north/South federal constituency.
The seat became vacant, following the death of Adedayo Omolafe, popularly known as Expensive in August, 2021.