The Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission said on Tuesday that it will make available by January 15, 2024, the complete list of candidates running for chairman and council member seats in the state’s next local government council election.
Chairman of the Commission Aare Isiaka Abiola Olagunju, SAN, made the announcement during a meeting with the 19 registered political parties at the Commission’s Conference Room, Agodi Gate, Ibadan
He said that political parties are free to start their campaigns starting now and continuing until April 26, 2024.
For political parties willing to substitute candidates earlier submitted to the commission for the poll, Olagunju said this could be achieved only with the consent of concerned or affected candidates.
He affirmed that the permanent voter’s card remains the sole means of identification to vote on election day, as agreed earlier during the previous engagement of the commission with political parties.
He said: “What we did was to inform all the registered political parties officially of the outcome of the screening exercise that we did and to let us know if there was an error in the list returned to the political parties.
“We are glad that all the political leaders were satisfied with the outcome of the screening arrangements.
“Candidates should escalate their campaign exercise from today to 26th April, 2024 . Our message is constant, candidates and political parties are to eschew violence and avoid molestation of one another.”