June 14, 2024

2024 LG Polls: OYSIEC Affirms Participation of 18 Registered Political Parties

Chairman of the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC), Aare Isiaka Abiola Olagunju, SAN pledges to oversee the conduct of a peaceful, free and fair local government election in Oyo State

…..to screen candidates in due course

The Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC), has affirmed the participation of Eighteen (18) registered political parties in the April 27th, 2024, local government council elections of the state.

The Chairman of the Commission, Aare Isiaka Abiola Olagunju, SAN, a past General Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association, while featuring on a television programme on Tuesday in Ibadan said the commission has received names of candidates vying for various positions from their parties.

He hinted that the commission is on the verge of conducting a screening exercise for candidates to confirm their eligibility, which, he said, will done be in batches.

He lauded the political parties on conduct of peaceful primaries, urging them to replicate such during election campaigns.

On the possibilities of having electronic voting during the poll, Olagunju said there is no provision for electronic voting in the current local government electoral law of the state.

He added that electronic voting can only be possible if the Oyo state house of assembly ascents to the reviewed law presented to the house by OYSIEC, probably by the end of October 2023.

Olagunju explained that the commission will continue to engage political parties and other stakeholders in the state in its quest to build on the success recorded in the 2021 elections.

His words: “All the 18 registered political parties in the state have forwarded the names of their candidates to us, this time, we are happy because there is no case at the tribunal on party primaries compared to 2021.

“We are going to communicate with the political parties on screening of candidates.

“We are appealing to everyone to embrace peace because we are one, elections will come and go, let’s stay away from intimidation and harassment in any form but make election campaign objective.

“ We also appeal to residents of the state to participate in the local government councils election just like that of the president and governor as we strive to conduct free, fair, transparent and credible elections by 2024”

“ The commission is in good terms with the security agencies and relevant stakeholders to have a credible election.

About the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC),

Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) was established by the State Independent Electoral Commission Law, 1999 pursuant to Section 197 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 which establishes the State Independent Electoral Commission, Judicial Service Commission and Civil Service Commission in each of the States of the Federation.

According to  the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,  and State Independent Electoral Commission Law,  the Commission has power to:

  • Conduct, organize and supervise all elections to Local Government Councils in the State in accordance with the provisions of the law or any other enactment, regulations rules or manuals issued by the electoral Commission; and
  • Render such advice as it may consider necessary to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the compilation of and the registration of Voters for the Local Government Elections in the State.

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