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Uphold electoral law, electoral commission charges parties ahead council poll

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The Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) has charged political parties to uphold laws guiding conduct of Local Government Councils election.

OYSIEC demanded continued cooperation and understanding of political parties participating in the forthcoming election for free, fair, transparent and acceptable elections.

While meeting members of the state chapter of the Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in Ibadan, the state capital, OYSIEC Chairman, Aare Isiaka Olagunju enumerated plans by the commission ahead of the poll.

Olagunju, who is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, said that pasting of voters’ registers are ongoing across the polling units for eligible voters to verify their names.

He said that Permanent Voter’s Card (PVCs) would be the only document for voting on the day of election as agreed at previous engagements with the political parties.

Responding to questions and issues raised at the meeting, the OYSIEC boss explained that Police and other security agencies have promised to collaborate with OYSIEC to have a successful election, adding that the Western Nigeria Security Network (also known as Amotekun Corps) would not be engaged for election activities.

He appealed to IPAC to present representatives to jointly monitor electoral process, particularly during the distribution and delivery of voting materials across polling units.

He urged political parties not to compromise with the election guidelines but contribute their quota as true citizens of the state to its development.

The state IPAC Chairman, Otunba Adegbenro Fagbemi said that the meeting provided a platform to identify challenges that could be confronted during the election.

He expressed readiness of IPAC members to observe the distribution of election materials across the seven geopolitical zones of the state.

He called for concerted efforts from relevant stakeholders and residents of the state to have a replica of the last general elections, which he said were peaceful.

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