LG polls: ODIEC bars parties not recognized by INEC
By Jubril Bada
Ondo State Independent Electoral Commission, ODIEC, has declared that any political party not recognised by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, will not participate in the forthcoming local government election in the state.
This is just as the electoral body has commenced the recruitment of 9,000 ad-hoc staff that would be engaged for the conduct of the forthcoming April 18 local government elections in the state.
The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC last week dereregistered 74 political parties out of the 91 existing ones.
The recruitment according to The Hope investigation has begun with the placement of advertisement calling for credentials from interested members of the public
The Commissioner in charge of Media and Publicity in the commission, Mr. Rotimi Olorunfemi stated this in an interview with The Hope.
He said the commission is still waiting for the list of recognized political parties from the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC
The positions to be filled according to ODIEC commissioner include Presiding Officers, Poll Clerks, Supervising Returning Officers ,Ward Returning Officers and Local Government Returning Officers
Meanwhile, the commission has extended the date for the submission of forms CF001 and CF002 for chairmanship and councillorship elections ahead of the local government elections in the state to February 14 as against the earlier deadline of February 7, 2020
The extension, Olorunfemi said was not unconnected with the failure of political parties to meet up with the February 10 as the last day for the submission of the forms due to the late conduct of their primaries.
Form CF002 is the list of candidates party proposed for the elections, while personal particulars of candidates contained in form CF001 and photocopies of documents with an affidavit sworn to by each candidate.
Olorunfemi explained that some political parties have submitted the lists of their candidates but he could not ascertain their numbers.
To him ” On Friday which was the last day for primaries some political parties conducted their primaries on the day and could not meet up with the submission of their candidate lists.
” Our staff were in the office on Saturday to receive lists of candidate from political parties that conducted their primaries late but they didn’t show up”
According to him, the extension of date would not affect other activities on the timetable for the elections
He added that section 99(1) of Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) provides 90 days before polling day and said that the commission has added a week extra for unforseen occurrence of this nature.
On the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC,deregistering political parties,the ODIEC said that the commission was still waiting for the INEC list of political parties with their logos to be used for the elections.