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The Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba on Tuesday, disclosed that no less than 21,000 police officers would be deployed for the Osun state July 16 governorship election.

Mr Baba stated this at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Osun 2022 governorship election stakeholders’ meeting in Osogbo.

The IGP, however, said that the deployment was not to intimidate residents but to prevent miscreants from hijacking or disrupting the election process.

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He said the officers deployed had already been trained and made aware of the rules of engagement, adding that the police remained apolitical and were to ensure free, fair and credible elections.

In his address, Mahmood Yakubu, INEC national chairman, said the commission was fully ready for the election.

According to him, the election materials have already been deployed to all the state INEC local government area offices.

Mr Yakubu said sensitive materials would be delivered to the wards 24 hours before the election, and the Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs) collection would continue until Thursday, July 14, two days before the governorship election.

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Giving the records on PVC collection in the state, he added that out of the 1,955,657 registered voters in Osun, 1,479,959 voters had collected their PVCs as of Sunday, July 10.

He said INEC would set a record as Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) would also be deployed as ad hoc staff selected from NYSC corps members for the election.

He said five INEC national commissioners, 12 resident electoral commissioners and other senior INEC officers would be in the state to support the Osun office to deliver a credible, free, fair and conclusive election.

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