By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan.
Chairman of the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC), Mr Jide Ajeigbe on Thursday declared that the commission is ready for the February 11 Local Government elections in the state and will not use card readers for the polls.
Mr Ajeigbe dropped the hint while addressing a press conference on the amended timetable of the election and the OYSIEC preparation at the commission headquarters’ in Ibadan.
The OYSIEC Chairman disclosed that card readers cannot be used for the local government election as a result of the fact that local government law is yet recognize its usage, “to avoid unnecessary problems”.
“We are not using card readers for the election. The usage of card readers will not be tolerated, so we are not using card readers. Even the local government law has does not permit the usage of card readers. We want to avoid unnecessary problems and questions during the election, I don’t want a situation where someone will be mentioning my name and say his or her fingers were not captured and all that”he said
Mr Ajeigbe stressed that already, OYSIEC has been taking necessary measures towards conducting a successful and credible election in the state come February 11,this year .
“Gentlemen of the press, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, let me at this juncture intimate you with the fact that the commission has been taking necessary steps towards a successful and credible election. We have met with the leaders of the political parties, non-governmental organizations like National Orientation Agency and State Security Services, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps”.
He added that “the commission has also gone round the thirty-three (33) Local Government Areas and thirty-five (35) Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) to inspect Oyo State Independent electoral Commission offices and ascertain their level of preparedness toward ensuring a free, fair and credible poll”.
Emphasizing that the “commission is ready to conduct free and fair election in 4783 polling booths and 5620 polling points in all the 33 LGs and 35 LCDAs in the state” Mr Ajeigbe said,the commission with the assistance of the security agents, will restrict human and vehicular movement during the election period.
“On the day of election, there will be restriction of movement for that day, we want our people to stay indoors and come and vote during the election hours”.
Speaking further, Mr Ajeigbe declared that despite the economic challenges in Nigeria, OYSIEC “is confident that it will conduct the election without any financial challenges”saying,“it is important to stress that Oyo State as a member of the Nigerian Community cannot be insulated from the adverse consequences of the Global Economic Crisis. We therefore wish to assure all stakeholders and citizens that these situations will not in any way affect the conduct of free, fair and credible elections”.
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan.