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EKSIEC begs opposition not to boycott council poll

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EKSIEC begs opposition not to boycott council poll

Fayemi NGF

The Chairman of the Ekiti State Independent Electoral Commission(EKSIEC), Justice Jide Aladejana has called on the opposition parties not to boycott the December 7, 2019, local government Election in the state.

The tenure of the 177 councillors and 16 local government chairmen and other appointed officials will lapse on December 19, 2019, having assumed office December 19, 2017.

Speaking with journalists in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday, Aladejana assured that the polls will be transparent and devoid of rigging.

The SIEC boss disclosed that the body would use voter registers of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and its guidelines for the conduct of the elections, saying the voting will be by manual means.

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He said, ” We are assuring our people that your votes will count, so all parties must sponsor candidates for the elections.

“Don’t have this wrong perception that the local government elections will automatically be rigged in favour of the ruling party.”

The SIEC boss said the Chairmanship form will cost a sum of N50,000 while that of councilorship will be sold to candidates at the rate of N20,000 for the purpose of the elections.

“It is expected that all the parties will conduct their primaries for Councilorship elections on 21st of September and that of Chairmanship will be done on September 28.

“We will give the parties level playing ground. We will be transparent in all our dealings and conduct adequate public participation.

“The most important thing to us is that we want parties to sponsor people of proven integrity for these elections because when you have good people at the third tier of government, they will protect the welfare of the people.

“We are assuring our political parties that these elections are going to be model in our country, ” he said.

EKSIEC begs opposition not to boycott council poll
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