About 368,000 votes is what anyone who wants to be Governor of Oyo State needs to get elected. Our findings are premised on responses from Freedom of Information requests to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Headquarters. The voting patterns in Oyo State is also captured in the report. With 42 aspirants running to be the chief executive officer of Oyo State starting May, 2019 we are hoping the report helps voters understand what their participation can make happen and more importantly to also encourage citizens who have been undecided about contesting elective posts to re-consider.
We went back and forth with INEC to collect data and information by taking advantage of the Freedom of Information Act. The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a federal law that provides that an individual has a right, enforceable in court, to obtain access to federal agency records. The FOIA provides public access to information held by public authorities. It does this in two ways: public authorities are obliged to publish certain information about their activities, and members of the public are entitled to request information from public authorities.
Because of the responses from the FOI letters that we sent, now we can understand the voting patterns in Oyo State and translate them into simple documents for people to understand as well. In this document, we explain the patterns the elections have taken over the years, the candidates and their profiles, their ages and qualifications, total votes of winners and voided votes, other very vital information any gubernatorial aspirant will be willing to pay a lot for.
Click here to download the Full Report – 368,000 Votes Report _ Onelife Initiative for Human Development 2019