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Edo electoral commission defers LG poll to September

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The Edo State Independent Electoral Commission (EDSIEC) has for the umpteenth time adjusted the date earlier slated for the local government election across the 18 local government areas of the state to Saturday, September 2, 2023.

BusinessDay reports that prior to the new date, the election was fixed for Saturday, May 6, 2023, after it was first scheduled for April 19, 2022, later adjusted to January 14 and thereafter postponed to January 19 before this recent date.

Sunday Osayande, administrative secretary of the electoral commission, in a statement, however, said that primaries which were conducted by political parties and monitored by EDSIEC before the present shift of the date earlier fixed for the elections remain valid.

The statement reads: “This is to inform the general public that the Local Government Council Elections earlier fixed for Saturday 6th May 2023 will be held on Saturday 2nd September 2023.

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“The consequential effect on the scheduled activities are as follows: Thursday 1st June 2023, end of parties primaries; Friday 2nd June 2023 to Thursday 15th June, 2023, collection and submission of forms by political parties and submission of list of candidates.

“On Thursday, 22nd June, 2023, the commission will publish names of candidates, while on Saturday, 24nd June, 2023, electioneering campaign will commence.

“Submission of names of changed and substituted candidates will be on Saturday, 8th July, 2023; while publication of notice of polls at the ward collation centres will be on Wednesday, 26th July, 2023.

“On 1st August 2023, the commission will publish the final list of validated candidates, while Tuesday, 22nd August 2023 will be for submission of names of party agents by political parties.

“on the midnight of Thursday 31st August, 2023, the electioneering campaign will end, as the Local Government Election holds on Saturday 2nd, 2023.”