Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) has stated that candidate contesting for 2024 local government elections must submit three years tax clearance.
OYSIEC Chairman, Aare Isiaka Olagunju SAN disclosed this on Thursday at the Guest Forum Program of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Correspondents’ Chapel tagged” Speak Out” at its Secretariat in Mokola, Ibadan.
According to him, Candidates are to be screened to find out if they are eligible to contest in the election. Candidate must be an indigene and resident of the state, live in the state for ten years, must be 21 years, have three years tax clearance and senior secondary school result among others.
Olagunju therefore implored citizens to show concern for democracy at the grassroots by participating actively in the council polls.
He identified trust deficit and lack of confidence in the local government electoral umpires by electorates as parts of factors responsible for voter low turn-out during the council elections.
Olagunju assured that his team would intensify efforts on sensitization to ensure there is an improvement in voter turn-out in the forthcoming local government councils election in the state.
While commending the NUJ Correspondents’ chapel for the initiative, Olagunju , tasked the media on voter education to aids massive participation in the next local government councils election.
“I am highly elated to be here, sensitization of voters is very key for massive participation in the election , and we will need the media to achieve this”
“I must say that there is no unusual interference from the executives, and we must commend the Governor for this. Our credibility is intact, we will be extremely prudent, we won’t relent but this Commission become a legacy in which other states governments will emulate in conducting local government councils election”
Earlier in his welcome address, the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Correspondents’ Chapel, Oyo State, Comrade Raji Adebayo, said the chapel had hosted some distinguished personalities in the country to its guest program forum.
He explained that in the recent past, there were a series of issues facing the conduct of local government elections, such as credibility, which according to him, made some political parties to back out of participation.