Chairman, Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC), Mr Segun Oladitan has revealed that the ballot papers used for the election contain ‘Yes or No’ since only the All Progressives Congress (APC) has councillorship and chairmanship candidates in today’s local government election in the state.
Mr Segun who stated this during an interview with newsmen in his office on Saturday said other political parties which had indicated interest in the election, failed to submit candidates as of the last day of nomination, hence the removal of their names on the ballot paper
“What we have done is the requirement of the law. At the beginning, 16 political parties attended meeting with us on the election. But at the close of nomination; only one political party has candidates in all the wards and local governments.
“As of the close of nomination, the councilors have been declared elected unopposed. But because the chairmanship position requires other tests, a section of the Electoral Act demands that there should be a Yes or No vote.
“since there were numbers of political parties before, the moment a candidate becomes the only candidate, he has become the candidate of the whole community; so, his popularity has to be tested.
“So, in this election, what we have put in position is Electoral Act, 2022.”
However, Oladitan said the election was only for chairmanship position, revealing that the councillorship candidates had been declared elected unopposed after the closing of nomination.