The Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC) Tuesday announced that the local government elections in the state will take place on Saturday, July 24.

The chairman of the OGSIEC, Babatunde Osibodu made the disclosure during an engagement with leaders of political parties and members of the civil society Osibodu in Abeokuta, the state capital.

Osibodu announced that there would be a waiver for females. So as against their male counterparts, who will be paying N200,000 and N150,000 respectively for the post of chairmanship and councillorship, women will be given for free.

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He assured of a free, fair and credible process and called on political parties for support to the commission to achieve the goal of responsible and responsive representatives at the third tier of government.

Meanwhile, the state chapters of the People’s Democratic Party and the Action Alliance have rejected the timetable, condemning OGSIEC for failing to invite them to the briefing, which was only attended by nine parties.

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They also expressed reservations over the notice period given.

State chairman of PDP, Sikitullah Ogundele, who pointed that there’s a noticeable irregularity on the part of the commission, vowed that the party would boycott the polls.

But Osibodu earlier clarified in his statement that the commission had given enough notice even beyond the required 30 days.

“Look at how we have started. The law in Ogun State, Section 10 (1) of the Ogun State Electoral law states that the commission should give not less than 30 days’ notice of election. How many days have we given? 85 days’ notice.

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“The law says 30 days and we gave 85 days. That is to make sure that every party that wishes to take part, every stakeholder that wishes to be involved has sufficient and ample time for whatever they need to do and we are also here today to answer all your questions on transparency,” the chairman said.

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