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OSIEC says no going back on Saturday LG election in Osun

OSIEC says no going back on Saturday LG election in Osun

The Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC), has said that no court of law in the land has stopped it from conducting the local government election scheduled to hold on October 15, 2022.

Consequently, the commission said it is going ahead with the election as earlier planned.

Segun Oladitan, chairman of the commission made this known while featuring on a radio program in Osogbo on Thursday assured that the commission will conduct a free, fair and credible election come Saturday.

The OSIEC chairman stated that the commission has not received any court order prohibiting it from conducting the local government polls.

He said, “As of this morning, we have not received information from any quarters asking us not to go ahead with the Saturday election,” the chairman said. “I don’t know why people are deliberately misinforming the public. It is for mischievous purposes. There is no injunction in any court restricting us from conducting the election.”

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When asked how many political parties are participating in the Saturday election, Oladitan said only political parties that signified intention to participate will contest in the poll.

“We asked for nomination from political parties, those political parties who showed intention to participate, some collected forms but didn’t return it. Those who collected form filled the forms, infact their aspirants screened and have become candidates and for those who are ready to participate will contest,” Oladitan said.

He then promised to declare winners of the elections by Sunday, a day after the conduct of the elections.

Speaking on the alleged illegality of the conduct of the Saturday local government elections, he explained that it is the law that empowered the commission to conduct the election adding that only the court can determine its illegality after its conclusion.

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and All People’s Party (APP) had approached the court with different litigations challenging OSIEC over the planned Saturday local government elections.