Police intercepts and arrest lorry loaded with ballot boxes in Ibadan
Yesterday Wednesday 7th January 2015, around 2am, the Oyo State police command arrested a lorry conveying ballot boxes stored in a 40-feet container in the Yemetu area of Ibadan. The ballot boxes was said to belong to the INEC.
According to Punchng.com Sources said that the trailer was arrested on the suspicion that it was carrying contraband items but was later discovered that its contents were ballot boxes meant for the next month election in Osun State.
The trailer and the consignment were later released after police investigation revealed that the boxes were being transported to Osun State by INEC.
in political circles as politicians made effort to know if the boxes were empty or stuffed with ballot papers.
The arrest created anxiety and rumour which spread in the city that a certain political party had connived with INEC to bring in thumb-printed ballot papers into Oyo State.
A source said,
A trailer carrying a 40-feet container with registration number FKJ 285 XN was actually impounded by the police but after a thorough check, it was cleared and released.”
The spokesman for the Oyo State Police Command, Mr. Kayode Ajisebutu, could not confirm the incident. He said he was outside the state and could not get through to the Commissioner of Police.
Mr. Mike Igini, the immediate past Cross River State Resident Electoral Commissioner, said:
INEC will no longer be the tool for manipulation by some politicians but a national institution committed to the conduct of free, fair and credible elections.
This year’s election will be a watershed, a paradigm shift that would bring about the hope of integrity and reliability unequaled in our electoral history. At all times we strive to do what is right. The commission will no longer be the tool for manipulation by some politicians.
Our commitment to do the right thing was initially misunderstood especially our emphasis on internal party democracy which is still a problem today, where parties do not even have a minimum requirement of credible register of delegates before conducting elections.
It is inconsiderable that INEC would conduct elections that would be acceptable by the Nigerian people without having a register of voters published. The foundation of any good elections must start with the existence of a credible and reliable register of voters.
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