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PDP fumes as Kwara releases timetable for LG polls

The Kwara State Independent Electoral Commission (KWSIEC) has released the timetable for the local government elections slated for September 21, 2024, across the 16 LGAs…

The Kwara State Independent Electoral Commission (KWSIEC) has released the timetable for the local government elections slated for September 21, 2024, across the 16 LGAs of the state.

In a statement, the Chairman of the commission, Muhammed Baba Okanla, at the weekend in Ilorin, said a meeting/interface with all the registered political parties participating in the elections would be held on Friday, June 21, 2024, followed by political parties’ primaries from June 24 to 30, 2024.

He said political parties were to obtain and return nomination forms, KWSIEC 01 and KWSIEC 02, for the chairmanship and councilorship elections respectively from Monday, July 1 to 5, 2024, while verification of candidates’ credentials was scheduled for July 8 to19, 2024.

He further said, “Display of names of candidates nominated by political parties to be posted on KWSIEC notice board, Monday July 22 to Friday 26, 2024.

“Training of ad hoc staff in all the three senatorial districts takes place from Saturday, July 27 to Wednesday, July 31, 2024.

“Last day for withdrawal of candidates (if need be) is Monday, August 5, 2024, while the last day for publication of the list of nominated candidates is Tuesday, August 6, 2024.”

Daily Trust further reports that the elections, if held, will be the first in more than nine years in the state.

But reacting, the spokesperson of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Olushola Olusegun Adewara, told our correspondent that the party had lost confidence in KWSIEC conducting free and fair elections, adding that party’s officials would meet and decide whether to boycott or participate.

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