Oyo Governor dissolves State Electoral Commission Board

By Olubunmi Osoteku, Ibadan

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Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission, OYSIEC, dissolved.

Governor Seyi Makinde has dissolved the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) with effect from 1st July, 2019.

The dissolution letter, addressed to the Chairman of the Board says the Governor is aware that the tenure of the members has not expired but the government is ready to offset all the salaries and entitlements of the members for the remaining period of their tenure.

The letter signed by the State Head of Service, Mrs. Amidat Agboola, however directed that all the property of the Commission in the custody of the members be handed over to the most senior Director in the Commission.

The dissolution letter further reads: “While noting the fact that your tenure has not expired, the state government is prepared to offset the salaries and allowances payable to you till the expiration of your tenure. His Excellency wishes you the best in your future endeavours.”

New government
The development could be said to be in fulfillment of the plan of the new government to reconstitute the state electoral body with a promise to conduct local government elections by the first quarter of next year.

Former Governor Abiola Ajimobi had on June 17, 2016, appointed the eight member Board, chaired by Mr. John Ajeigbe, to conduct elections into the 33 local governments and 35 local council development areas in the State.

 

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