The Ondo State Independent Electoral Commission (ODIEC) has indefinitely postponed the local government elections scheduled for July 13, citing non-compliance by political parties with the electoral process.

Dr. Joseph Aremo, Chairman of the Commission, announced the decision during a stakeholders’ meeting. He explained that despite earlier assurances and deadlines, political parties failed to submit their nomination forms and adhere to the adjusted timetable.

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“The election was set to take place across the 18 Local Governments and 33 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the state,” Aremo stated. “Between June 26 and 28, parties were expected to submit lists of their agents, a crucial step towards conducting a fair election. However, none of the parties have met these requirements.”

Aremo emphasized the commission’s commitment to conducting credible elections at the grassroots level but expressed disappointment over the lack of compliance. “Even after multiple engagements with party leaders, no valid nomination forms were submitted,” he added.

In response to the postponement, Olaoluwa Adesanya, State Chairman of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), acknowledged the council’s decision to boycott the election due to unresolved issues. “We collectively agreed not to submit nomination forms pending a meeting with the Governor to address concerns within the government,” Adesanya explained.

While affirming trust in ODIEC’s independence and capabilities, Adesanya clarified that their stance was not a direct opposition to the Governor but a call for dialogue on electoral processes.

The ODIEC Chairman concluded that the commission would review the situation and determine the next steps to ensure a transparent electoral process in the future.