In a bid to deliver a free, fair and credible election, the Oyo state Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) has initiated a two-day Capacity building workshop aimed at equipping the Commission’s Directors and Commissioners on the code and conducts of a credible Election.
The workshop, tagged “Thematic Issues in The Conduct Of Local Government Election In Oyo State” was organized by OYSIEC in conjunction with University of Ibadan Ventures Limited (Consultancy Services), had in attendance, Professor Rasheed Aderinoye, Dr. Gani Adeniran amongst others.
Speaking at the Workshop which was held on Wednesday at the Conference Hall, University of Ibadan; the OYSIEC Chairman, Aare Isiaka Abiola Olagunju, SAN, revealed that the workshop was part of preparations of the commission towards the conduct of local government council elections.
According to Olagunju “The lecture will provide opportunity to OYSIEC team to further learn and appraise electoral process in order to achieve free, fair, credible and transparent election by May 15, 2021.”
He declared that seventeen political parties signified interest in the poll, noting that the commission remained committed to conduct of election that will stand the test of time.
“We cannot assume we know all, we have to learn and re- learn for excellent results”.
“This is just first phase of the workshop, there is going to be another one for all electoral officers the moment they are on ground to ensure they deliver accordingly. We are re -assuring relevant stakeholders in the state that their votes will count on election day.”
Dr. Kazeem Olaniyan of University of Ibadan, while speaking on the “Imperative of Local Government Election in the Democratic Process” held that the presence of elected office holders at local government remains the medium to articulate and promote the interest of the people.
Dr. Olaniyan admonished OYSIEC members not to disappoint the people of the state but endeavor to live up to expectations.”
Speaking in the same vein, Dr. Adedokun Najeem, emphasized the need for electoral commission members to pay attention to availability of election materials ahead of election day to ease the burden on concerned personnel.
He thereby charged OYSIEC members to be a role model for other states by conducting a standardized local government council elections.