The Chairman, Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC), John Ajeigbe, says the local government election already scheduled for February 11 will hold. Ajeigbe declared this while addressing newsmen in Ibadan on Thursday the 19th of January 2017.

He said the commission had received monetary and other logistics required for the conduct of free, fair and credible elections. The chairman stated further that elections into all the local governments in the state and that  4,783 polling booths have been created for the exercise, “but we may use additional polling points if the need arises.”

“We are going to use updated voters register but card readers will not be used in this forthcoming elections. This is because card readers have not been accommodated in the law guiding our operations as regard local government elections in Oyo state.’’

The chairman further assured stakeholders in the local government council polls that the commission will always play its role as an unbiased umpire and called for mutual understanding between the various parties involved for a successful exercise.

He said the commission has also gone around the 33 local government areas and 35 local council development areas to inspect OYSIEC offices and ascertain their preparedness for successful polls. The commission had met with leaders of political parties, non-governmental organizations and security operatives as part of measures to guaranty peaceful and credible council polls.

He enjoined the various  stakeholders “to play by the rules of the game to ensure free, fair and credible elections come Saturday, February 11, 2017″


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