Aree Isiaka Abiola Olagunju, the chairman, Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission ( OYSIEC ) has revealed that, the much awaited state’s local government election will be conducted before June this year, while the election timetable will be released for public and political parties within the next two weeks.
The OYSIEC boss made the revelation on a radio program in Ibadan on Thursday morning. Olagunju said the commission is poised to conduct a free and fair election into all the 33 local government area of the state, excluding LCDAs.
Olagunju explained that, OYSIEC is preparing very well, as it is not leaving any stone unturned. He said they had contacted Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC ) to get the actual names and numbers of registered political parties in the state and had also visited 16 out of the 18 registered political parties given.
He said, in OYSIEC efforts to assure people of state a credible local government election, they had visited 16 out of the 18 registered political parties in the state to discuss and give their assurance to provide a credible election, opined that, one of the 18 did not gave a feedback on their request to visit their party office and will soon visit the only remaining political party ( SDP ) yet to be visited.
While assuring political parties and people of the state that, OYSIEC will conduct the election as promised, he said the election timetable will be release in the next two weeks.
He also said the state electoral commission will conduct the election into the 33 local government area of Oyo state before June, 2021.
When asked how OYSIEC planned to handle the election results, Olagunju said all results will be released at the Wards before sending to OYSIEC office, added that even if a ballot box got snatched, it will not affect the result of the votes counted.
He also said, OYSIEC will not use Card Readers for the election. Olagunju explained that, the commission will make use of list of registered voters ( provided by INEC ) in the state for the upcoming local government election.
” When it time, we will release names of the registered voters, will be pasted in all the polling units for people to confirm before the election day. Olagunju, OYSIEC chairman added.