Today’s Ondo LG polls: 7,000 ad-hoc staff deployed, as PDP, ZLP boycott election

By: Oluwatosin Adesola

Ondo state people will today file out to elect 18 local government chairmen and 203 councillors even as all is now set for local government polls in the state with the distribution of sensitive and non sensitive materials to all the 18 council areas.

SUNSHINETRUTH gathered that 7000 Ad-hoc staff and 7000 security personnel had been deployed to make the election hitch free.

The state Government however declared that the restriction of movement during the exercise will not affect school children writing Command, WASSCE examinations and workers on essential duties.

There had been reported pockets of clashes between party supporters in both Idanre and Ondo towns among APC , SDP and ADC members which led to the SDP Chairman in idanre local government, Mr Akinde Adelanke announcing the withdrawal of the party’s participation from the councils Election.

In a reaction, the state Electoral commission, ODIEC however told newsmen that it had not been formally informed of SDP’s withdrawal.

ODIEC commissioner in charge of media and publicity , Mr Rotimi Olorunfemi said the commission was going ahead with the conduct of the councils Election as scheduled today.

Ten political parties are confirmed to be participating in the election while the main opposition parties PDP and ZLP had declared non participation in the exercise.

The opposition parties claimed the ODIEC would allegedly favour the ruling APC in the exercise.

Meanwhile, the State High Court sitting in Akure yesterday struck out the interlocutory injunction filed by some 15 political parties seeking to stop the conduct of the councils Election.

Justice Adegboyega Adebusoye refused the application on the grounds that it would breach Section 58 of the Ondo State Independent Electoral Commission, ODIEC laws.#

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