The Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) has postponed the local government election in the state.
The election which was earlier slated for May 15 date has now been postponed by a week, and to hold on May 22.
Mr Isiaka Olagunju, Chairman, OYSIEC, disclosed this at the flag-off of the statewide voter education and mobilisation campaign towards the local government poll set up by the National Orientation Agency (NOA), in Ibadan, on Wednesday.
According to the OYSIEC Chairman, the one week shift became essential because the Ed-el-Fitr celebration and holidays will fall around the former May 15 date.
Guaranteeing that the OYSIEC will be impartial and declare only ballots cast, Olagunju said the success of the election is solely on residents coming out in droves on election day.
The OYSIEC boss also listed four other documents aside from the Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) that will be tenable by voters to cast their ballot.
These four other acceptable documents to vote for are Temporary Voters Slip, Drivers Licence, National Identity Card and International Passport.
Speaking further, Olagunju said what was essential was for a person’s name on any of the identification documents to match the name on the Voters Register, which will be displayed in all the 33 local government election areas from next week.
He has earlier ordered security agencies to arrest people whose names are not on the voters’ register and would want to vote on Election Day.
Director, NOA, Oyo State, Moshood Olaleye, giving his statement advised residents of the state to elect candidates that are truthful, credible and close to the grassroots.
He advised the voters in the election not to participate in acts that will violate peace and propagate violence, adding that the sensitisation campaign by NOA will be statewide.
Also speaking, Mr Fagbemi Adegbenro, the Chairman, Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC), advised security agencies not to allow intimidation of voters at polling centres on election day, because the one week shift in the day of the election will allow room for the political parties more time for a campaign.
To prevent crisis among supporters of political parties, he said the IPAC had urged political parties to make sure that no two parties campaign in the same area on the same day.
Margaret Ayoola, for the Department of State Services (DSS), admonished traditional rulers and religious leaders to speak to their followers to avoid violence throughout the electoral process.
Representatives of the Correctional Service, Nigeria Immigration Service, Federal Road Safety Corps and other security agencies also advised residents to come out in large numbers to vote; this will prevent unpopular candidates from rigging the election.