By Michael Adesanya/Abeokuta
In preparation for the forthcoming July 24 Local government elections in Ogun State, the State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC) on Tuesday promised to conduct free, fair and transparent elections, saying the exercise would be the most peaceful in the history of the state.
Chairman of the Commission, Mr. Babatunde Osibodu disclosed this while revealing the guidelines for the polls at a stakeholders meeting with political parties, civil society groups, aspirants as well as other relevant bodies in Abeokuta, the state capital on Monday.
Osibodu disclosed that the elections would unarguably be a benchmark for other local government elections in Ogun State and Nigeria as a whole.
He stated that Chairmanship and councilorship candidates for the local government elections are to obtain nomination forms at N200,000 and N100,000 respectively while the female candidates are to collect the forms for free of charge.
Osibodu also said that all those who want to participate in the local government elections but are currently serving as members of transition committee across the 20 local governments must resign latest 30 days to Saturday, July 24, 2021 when the election holds.
The Chairman also revealed that political parties are to conduct their primaries between Wednesday, May 5 and Thursday 27 while all electioneering campaign ends by midnight of Thursday, July 22, 2021.
Osibodu has however pleaded with all the participating political parties to keep strictly to the electoral laws and work açcording to the local government elections guidelines for a credible poll.
He appealed to the youth not to be used as willing tools in the hands of unscrupulous politicians to foment violence or cause any breach of peace, stressing that the commission is working with the security agents to ensure that the local government elections is violence free
Osibodu, while seeking the cooperation of the political parties for the success of the LG poll also urged the media to support the commission in organising a credible poll and should therefore shun the temptation to be used as agent of misinformation.
He urged the media to be partners in progress with the commission and always endeavour to cross-check their facts before disseminating such to the public.