The Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC), has announced next Monday, 30th October 2023 as the date for commencement of screening exercise for candidates contesting for Chairmanship and Councilorship seats in the forthcoming local government council elections in the state.
The OYSIEC Chairman, Aare Isiaka Abiola Olagunju , SAN announced this, on Tuesday, while playing host to the leadership of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Oyo State, at OYSIEC Headquarters, Ibadan, explained that the screening exercise will end on 10th of November, 2023.
Olagunju expressed the readiness of the commission to partner with the federal agency in the area of sensitization and mobilization of citizens for massive participation in the next local government council elections.
He said further that the Commission will intensify efforts to reduce the trust and confidence deficit that citizens have in the conduct of local government council elections.
Olagunju assured the team of harmonious working relationship and support within the limit of the commission.
He said: There is no gain saying that collaborating with you is very vital, I must say that your visit was timely.
“ We quite appreciate your partnership in the last election, certain achievements were achieved with your support.
“ We await your proposal to see where you can assist the commission and modalities involved.
“ Candidates of political parties have submitted their forms, and I am glad that there is no boycott this time around. Screening of candidates will begin on Monday, 30th October to 10th November 2023. Your people can witness and give an appreciable report.
“ Our goal is to satisfy citizens of the state and not a group or individual. We are assuring the people of the state of a free, fair, transparent and credible election”
Earlier in her remarks, The Director, National Orientation Agency, Oyo State, Dr. Olukemi Afolayan, said the purpose of the visit was to seek support and partnership with OYSIEC in a bid to change the mindset of the populace on local government elections through continued orientation, sensitization, and mobilization of residents for the next local government council elections.
The former head of programmes of the agency hinted that her team had commenced a different campaign on behalf of the commission to have a successful election by 2024.
She noted that the local government remains the most important arm of government globally, adding that citizens should begin to participate in local government council elections.
The event witnessed special prayers for OYSIEC to have a successful poll, NOA new boss and her team as well as presentation of gifts by the National Orientation Agency.