Ondo postpones local government election

The Ondo State Independent Electoral Commission (ODIEC)  has re-scheduled local government election in the state for July 15.
The election was earlier scheduled  for  Feb. 17.
The ODIEC Chairman, Mr Joseph Aremo, made this known at a stakeholders’ meeting  on Tuesday in Akure.
According to him, the election  was postponed in line with the provisions of extant laws.
“We can’t conduct the election for ourselves, we will only conduct the election when parties comply with the guidelines and when we have valid nominations.
“We will conduct the election when parties and their candidates turn up for verification and others things that are required as specified in our guidelines and the enabling laws,” he said.
Aremo said that some of the provisions of the election guidelines had not been heeded to.
He said that the postponement was to ensure that the election would reflect the aspirations of the electorate.
“The commission, having met and appraised this situation, came up with the decision that the election is further re-scheduled.
“Election into the office of the chairman and councillors is to be conducted on Saturday, July 13, 2024.
“With the new adjustment in the election timetable, political parties now have from Monday, May 13, to Monday, June 3, 2024 to conduct their primary election,” he said.
According to him, submission of forms and list of candidates will close on Tuesday, June 1.
He said that the submission would be followed by campaigns to start on Wednesday, June 5.
He said that electioneering would close at  midnight of   July 11.
The ODIEC chairman said that the  commission was ready to conduct free, fair and credible council election.
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