Ibadan, April 12, 2018 (TNE) The Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) says 12 registered political parties have been cleared to contest the chairmanship and counsellorship positions in the May 12 council polls in Oyo State.
The OYSIEC Chairman, Mr John Ajeigbe, said in Ibadan on Thursday that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Accord Party, are, however, not among parties that will participate.
Ajeigbe said the participating political parties include Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP), National Rescue Movement (NRM) and Young Progressive Party (YPP).
Others are the People for Democratic Change (PDC), Kowa Party (KP), African Peoples Alliance (APA), Justice Must Prevail Party (JMPP), the All Progressives Congress (APC), Action Democratic Party (ADP), United Democratic Party (UDP), Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) and Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN).
He said candidates from cleared political parties are expected to contest the 68 chairmanship positions both at the 33 local governments and 35 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs).
He added that counsellorship positions in all the wards will be contested for during the May 12 polls.
The OYSIEC boss disclosed that elections will be conducted in 4,783 polling units across the state.
He enjoined eligible voters in the state to exercise their civic duty on the election date, saying their participation will give them the opportunity to elect credible candidates.
He said the electoral body is ready to conduct transparent, free, fair and credible elections.
On the number of ad hoc staff for the election, Ajeigbe said recruitment is ongoing but gave the assurance that every recruited ad hoc staff will be trained before the election date.
He urged the participating political parties to deploy their agents to every polling unit on the election day to make it more transparent.
On security, the chairman said the commission is in close contact with heads of security agents in the state for the smooth conduct of the polls through protection of lives and election materials.
He sought the cooperation of stakeholders for the success of the council polls.
The two political parties that are not participating in the election — Accord Party and PDP — say they will not want to be part of the exercise.
The scribes of the parties, Mr Paul Igbinsola (Accord Party), and Mr Wasiu Emiola (PDP), described the forthcoming council poll as “arranged”.
Igbinsola said the party feared that election will not be fair, while Wasiu said PDP predicted that the outcome of the election will not reflect the wishes of the electorate.