By Nofisat Marindoti
The Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC), has faulted all litigations against the conduct of local government elections slated for January 27, adding that the election remained sacrosanct.
The Chairman, Mr Segun Oladitan, said this while addressing OSIEC and Ad-hoc staff at Osogbo during a 2-day training workshop for Electoral Officers, Assistant Electoral Officers and OSIEC staff on Tuesday.
Oladitan thereby urged all stakeholders to join hands in making the process free, fair and credible.
Oladitan said that being a lawyer of repute, the litigations after thorough studies, are not sufficient nor capable of putting a halt to the election.
He charged participants to see themselves as ambassadors of the commission and work assiduously to ensure a free, fair, credible and successful election.
The chairman also congratulated the officers for being found worthy of the assignment especially when such election was held 11 years ago, but warned them not to endanger themselves by engaging in any form of electoral malpractice that could land them in trouble.
According to him, only Councillors would be elected at the polls, the officers should educate the electorate on parliamentary system of government adopted by Osun which provides for election of chairmen by prospective elected councillors of local governments.
Oladitan however, disclosed that 18 political parties would participate in the election on Jan. 27 and noted that the Commission is fully prepared for a credible election.