The Chairman of Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission, (OYSIEC), Aare Isiaka Olagunju, has hinted that the selection of electoral officers would be based on merit and credibility and not on political affiliation adding that the purpose of credible polls at the grassroots is only achievable through this means.
Mr. Olagunju who spoke through the board member, Hon. Emmanuel Olarewaju disclose this during a visit of the commission to office of the State Director , National Orientation Agency (NOA) , in Ibadan. He added that the board rely on the staff of the commission to prevent negative outcome.
Mr. Olarewaju further added that his team remain committed to the conduct of unbiased poll , hence , it was essential for political parties to abide by the rules guiding local government council elections in Oyo state in order to have a credible and voilence free polls .
He urged members of the political parties in the state to mobilize their people for elections , saying that the act would enable the people of the state to examine and support candidate of their choice .
In the statement, the chairman solicited for the support of NOA in the area of public enlightenment to enhance massive partication in the forth coming local government council elections
” Our decision is to respect the people of the state by making their votes counts . This time , election results will be made public as we have them ”
” We will be fair to all political parties in our conduct, we are urging them to observe the election’s rules and mobilize their people to vote in a peaceful manner during the elections .
In her remarks , the Director of Oyo State Chapter of National Orientation Agency in Oyo State, Mrs Dolapo Dosunmu , emphasized on the need for OYSIEC to provide a level playing ground for all political parties to enhance active participation and to ensure that Political parties’ are captured. She urged the members of the Commission to intensify efforts in order to win the trust of all Political Parties in the State.
” I congratulate your team for coming on board at the time the state is having a governor who is not sentimental .
It is essential for your commission to work on trust for the people and political parties to partake in the elections.
” We will stand by you and assist you achieve your target, I implore your team to build a solid legacy to remain a reference point when it comes to the conduct of local government elections in Oyo state “