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LG Election Will hold in Six months, Says Afuape

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By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta

The Honourable Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Afolabi Afuape, has declared that Local Government (LG) elections will be conducted in the next six months.

Afuwape stated this during a radio programs in Abeokuta, the Commissioner blamed the delay in the conduct of the council poll on the COVID-19 pandemic, saying it did not allow government to source for the huge amount of money needed for the election.

Afuape, said the Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC) is yet to be constituted by Governor Dapo Abiodun.

He said local government elections cannot be conducted this year again and Ogun State electoral committee will have three months to works ahead.

After the constitution of OGSIEC, Afuape disclosed that political parties would be given three months notice for the local government election, adding that two additional months would be needed for preparations.

Afuwape stated this during a radio programs in Abeokuta, the Commissioner blamed the delay in the conduct of the council poll on the COVID-19 pandemic, saying it did not allow government to source for the huge amount of money needed for the election.

In his words, Afuape canvassed for the takeover of the local government elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

He said, this will ensure the conduct of the election within the stipulated time and relieve state governments of the huge fund required for same.

However, Afuape said the state may conduct the council election in the next six months.

At the moment, the 20 local governments in the state are being run by transition committees who were appointed in January by Gov Abiodun.

The three – month tenure of the transition Committees has been extended two times by the governor, through the approval of the Ogun State House of Assembly.

 

 

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