LG Poll : OGSIEC Amends Time Table, Waives N200,000 Fee, Other For Female Candidates - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Wednesday, May 5, 2021

LG Poll : OGSIEC Amends Time Table, Waives N200,000 Fee, Other For Female Candidates

From Ayobami Ife, Abeokuta

Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission(OGSIEC) has waived the payment of a non-refundable deposit of N200,000 for chairmanship seat for female contestants in the forthcoming Local Government election slated for July 24.

OGSIEC also waived the non-refundable deposit of N100,000 for Councillorship seat for female contestants.

The Chairman, OGSIEC, Mr. Babatunde Osibodu disclosed this on Tuesday in Abeokuta, the State capital, at the flag-off ceremony of the political activities leading to the 2021 Local Government elections in the State.

He said the waiver seeks to encourage more women to participate in the election.

"The Electoral Law 2007 provides for payment of a non-refundable deposit by intending candidates. For Chairmanship candidates, the fee has been set as N200,000, while for Councillorship candidates, it is N100,000. As a gender-sensitive institution.

"As a gender-sensitive institution, we wish to encourage women candidates. Accordingly, the Commission has resolved that this deposit will be waived for female candidates," he stated.

Osibodu noted that  the Commission has amended the earlier released timetable, saying the duration for the party primaries has now been increased from five to 22days, starting from Wednesday, May 5 while piolitical campaigns would end midnight on Thursday, July 22, 2021.

The election date remained Saturday, July 24, 2021.

The Chairman enjoined political parties to comply with the laid down rules governing the elections as guided by several enabling laws.

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