By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) on Wednesday announced shift in the date for the conduct of local government election in the state by a week.
Announcing this at the flag off of the statewide voter education and mobilisation campaign towards the local government election organised by the National Orientation Agency (NOA), the OYSIEC Chairman, Mr Isiaka Olagunju, said the election will now hold on May 22 instead of the earlier date of May 15.
Mr Olagunju stated that the one week shift became imperative in view of the discovery that the Ed-el-Fitr celebration and holidays will fall around May 15 date.
He however assured that the commission will be impartial and declare only ballots cast during the election
The INEC Chairman then used the opportunity to list out four other documents aside from Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) that will be tenable by voters to cast their ballot.
According to Mr Olagunju,other acceptable items to vote are Temporary Voters Slip, Drivers Licence, National Identity Card and International Passport to ensure that a person’s name on any of the identification documents to match the name on the Voters Register.
The OYSIEC Chairman stressed that the name on voters list will be displayed across the 33 local government election areas from next week, adding that he had instructed security agencies to arrest people whose names are not on the voters register and present at the polling centres on the day of the election.
NOA Director in Oyo State, Mr Moshood Olaleye, while speaking charged the people of Oyo state to elect those that are truthful, credible and those that have proven themselves to be close to the grassroots.
The NOA Chairman also pleased with the stakeholders in the election to desist from acts capable of causing breach of
Chairman, Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC), in the state, Mr Fagbemi Adegbenro, tasked security agencies not to allow intimidation of voters at polling centres on election day, noting that the one week shift in day of election will afford the political parties more time for campaign.