By Tunde Oyekola, Osogbo
The Osun Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC) on Wednesday said that election into Local Government Councils, Local Council Development Authorities and Area Councils in the state will hold on
Saturday Jan. 27, 2018..
Mr Segun Oladitan, Chairman of OSIEC, said at a press conference in Osogbo that the date was chosen after deliberations with all the political parties taking part in the election.
Oladitan explained that the forthcoming election would hold throughout the 378 wards of the state 68 Local Councils, Local Council Development Area (LCDA)s, Area Councils, Area Offices.
He said that though 39 political parties registered with OSIEC for the election but only 36 political parties, registered with Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) out of the 39 would be allowed to participate.
Oladitan who said that the last local government election in the state was conducted last about ten years ago,in Dec. 2007 stating that the January 2018 election would be unique as it would be an election to vote candidates into the office of Councillors.
He said the state shall operate a parliamentary system at the local government level and that Councillors in each local government councils would be the ones to elect chairman from among themselves.
He said for any candidate to become a chairman or vice chairman, he or she must first be elected as a Councillor first in his ward.
He said nomination forms for candidates taking part in the election was however free, stressing that candidates can pickup the forms from OSIEC office free of charge.
He however said administrative charges would be applied and that political parties taking part in the election would be required to pay this charges after a reasonable, realistic and affordable amount is agreed upon with the parties.
He commended political parties and the executive committee of the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) in the state for their cooperation in working towards the success of the coming election.
He however appeal to all political parties and other stakeholders that would be taking part in the election to play the game according to the rules and guidelines of the electoral commission.
He thereafter declared public and active the 90 days notice constitutionally required by law ahead the conduct of local government elections in Nigeria, starting from Oct. 18, stressing that the election would, all things being equal, hold on Jan. 27, 2018