Ondo State Holds LG Election In December, Rules Out Use Of Card Readers


Months after Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, got a high court to sack the chairmen of all the 18 local councils in the state, and appointed caretaker chairmen for the councils.
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 The  state Independent Electoral Commission (ODIEC) has fixed December First, 2018 for local government election. 

 The commission also released guidelines for the polls which it said would be conducted in all the 18 local government areas.

Yomi Dinakin, ODIEC Chairman, announced the date and issued the guidelines at a stakeholders meeting in Akure, the state capital.

Dinakin, however, ruled out the use of card reader machines during the conduct of the elections.

He said the law setting up the commission had no provision for the use of the machines for the conduct of its elections.

Apart from the legal barrier, the ODIEC boss said Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) didn’t release its card reader machines for the use of state electoral bodies.
Dinakin also explained that the logistics of the commission could not accommodate the use of the
machines during the forthcoming polls.
 “Using card readers is expensive and the time for the training of manpower is short and expensive. But I am assuring the people of the state that the election will be a success.
 “If we follow the rule, we will conduct free, fair and credible election. I am assuring you of our neutrality. We are not going to be tele-guided,” he said.

According to the guidelines, each chairmanship candidate is to pay nomination fee of N50, 000 while each councillorship standard bearer is expected to make available N20,000.
Describing the menace as a vicious circle, as perpetrators seemly remain unfazed even after consistent apprehension and sensitization on the dangers of engaging in such nefarious activities, the Director reiterated that the government would not relent on its efforts to curb the scourge.

Her words: “Overtime there have been incidences of accusations of abuses from human rights activists that these people are not criminals, which is the truth, but they constitute nuisance on the streets of FCT, however they  should be treated with respect and dignity.

“And we know that the Present FCT Administration has already placed zero tolerance on such issues (activities) beggars, hawkers as well as commercial sex workers are not supposed to litter the streets, thereby not only constituting nuisance, but also security threat.
 “Our officers directly involved in the apprehension and evacuation of these people should be able to apply the standard human right principles in the discharge of their assigned mandate of riding the city of the menace.”

The capacity building workshop was organized by the FCT Social Development Secretariat (SDS) through its Social Welfare Service Department, held at the FCT Exhibition Pavilion, adjacent the International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja.






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