The race to the much anticipated Oyo LG Elections has begun. Here’s everything you should know.
One of the major issues people have against Governor Abiola Ajimobi is his government’s refusal to conduct local government elections. Now that he is coming to the end of his tenure next year, the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) has said it is now ready to conduct LG polls in the state. IBPulse obtained a statement regarding the LG polls from the commission and was signed by its chairman Jide Ajeigbe.
We’ve analysed the information released so far and here are the details that you should be aware of.
Date of LG Elections: Saturday May 12, 2018
Constitutional provision: Section 15 and paragraph 1 (i) (a) and (b) Schedule 2 State Independent Electoral Commission Laws of Oyo State 2000.
Positions to be contested: Office of the Chairmen and Councillors in the 33 Local Government and 35 Local Council Development Areas of Oyo State
Participating parties: All registered Political Parties
How to participate: Parties will purchase nominations forms on behalf of their candidates at Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission at its Headquarters located at Quarter 848 Agodi GRA Total Garden Road, Ibadan.
Saturday, 3rd February 2018
Announcement of date of Local Government Election in Oyo State:
(a) Release of Election Time Table
(b) Release of Election Guidelines.
Monday, 5th – Wednesday, 14th February, 2018
Commencement of Political Activities:
(a) Commencement of campaign by Political Parties
(b) Conduct of Party Primaries by Political Parties and Observation of same by the Commission.
Thursday 15th – Tuesday, 20th February, 2018
Collection of Personal Data form for Candidates by Political Parties.
Wednesday 21st – Saturday, 25th February , 2018
Submission of Personal Data Form for Candidates by Political Parties.
Wednesday 28th – Saturday 4th March, 2018
(a) Verification/Screening of Councillorship Candidates.
Tuesday 6th – Saturday, 10th March, 2018.
Verification/Screening of Chairmanship Candidates.
Monday, 12th March, 2018
Delivery of List of qualified candidates to Political Parties by OYSIEC.
Wednesday, 14th – Saturday 18th March, 2018
(a) Appeals/Substitution of un-cleared candidates
(b) Screening of Ad-hoc staff by OYSIEC.
Tuesday 20th – Saturday 24th March, 2018
Screening of substituted candidates by OYSIEC.
Monday 25th – Thursday, 29th March 2018
Collection of Nomination Forms by all cleared candidates.
Wednesday 4th – Saturday, 14th April, 2018
(a) Submission of Nomination forms by all cleared candidates.
Friday 20th April, 2018
Publication of names of qualified candidates
Wednesday, 25th April Saturday 5th May, 2018
(a) Submission of names and addresses of party agents to the Commission.
(b) Publication of Notice of Polls
Friday 11th May, 2018
End of Electioneering campaign (12 midnight).
Saturday 12th May, 2018
ELECTION DAY (8.00 A.M – 3.00 P.M)
Saturday 19th May, 2018
RUN OFF/RE-RUN ELECTION (IF ANY).
OYSIEC has extended the deadline for the conduct of primary election by political parties.This is just as the commission has lifted the ban on campaign by aspirants for chairmanship and councillorship positions in the 33 local governments and 35 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) across the state.
The commission announced an amended election timetable. In the revised timetable, the commission said campaigns by political parties and conduct of primaries will hold till February 23.
Candidates for councillorship positions will be screened by OYSIEC between February 28 and March 4 while
chairmanship candidates will be screened from March 6 to 10.
According to the time table, cleared candidates can pick nomination forms from March 25 to 29, while the names of qualified candidates will be published on April 20.
Electioneering campaigns will end on May 11 while the actual election holds on May 12.
The commission said it reviewed the time table following complaints by some parties about delineation of wards in the newly created LCDAs, but the date of the election was not changed.