We Will Engage 18,000 personnel For The Conduct of 2024 LG Election — OYSIEC

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We Will Engage 18,000 personnel For The Conduct of 2024 LG Election — OYSIEC

By Adewale Owoade

The Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) has said that the Commission will engage about  18,000 personnel  for the conduct of the  April 27, 2024 Local Government elections in the state.

The Chairman of the Commission, Isiaka Olagunju (SAN), made this disclosure while featuring at a programme of the Correspondents’ Chapel of the  Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) guest platform, “Speak Out”.

Olagunju stated further that necessary training will be given to the personnel for the conduct of free and fair election

“As of today, we have over 6,000 polling units  in Oyo State, and we will have at least three people in a polling unit. So, we will have about 18,000 personnel.

“We will engage them and give them the necessary training that will give us credible election,” he said.

The OYSIEC Chairman stressed that for the Commission to have successful Election, media men are very important, through dissemination of right information, and that is line is open for any clarification on any issue.

Olagunju lauded the political parties on conduct of peaceful primaries, and  that by next week screening of candidates to be presented  by the political parties participating in the election will commence.

He used the  medium to appeal to the politicians, that there shouldn’t be any form of intimidation, that OYSIEC would be neutral and fair to all the political parties.

Speaking on the security during the conduct of the election, the Olagunju said the commission would engage the services of the Police, Army, DSS and NSCDC, and he has spoken to them.

“I can assure you that we are planning for adequate security  on that day

“We may not engage Amotekun to avoid the insinuation that they may be used to intimidate the voters.

“We are going to engage the Police, the Army, DSS and NSCDC even the Correctional Centre,” he said.

While speaking on the use of  electronic voting during the poll, OYSIEC Chairman said there is no provi­sion for that in the current Local Government Elec­toral Law of the state.

That it can only be possible if the Oyo State House of Assembly amended the law.

Wale Owoade

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