The Kwara state Independent Electoral Commission (KWSIEC), has conducted an assessment of facilities of the Commission across the 16 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the State, as part of its strategic planning process for the conduct of a credible local government election.
The assessment, led by the Commission’s Chairman, Mallam Okanla Baba, began on Thursday 19th October, 2023 at Baruten local government, and wrapped up at Ilorin West local government on Wednesday, 25th October, 2023, according to a statement signed by the Commission’s spokesperson, Lasisi Olushola Abosede.
The purpose of the tour, according to the Chairman, is to assess the appropriateness of the location, in line with extant Law, regulations and standard electoral procedures
The Commission, however, noted that many of the KWSIEC office visited across the 16 Local Government Areas were not in good condition for operations of the commission and require to be put in good shape for credible poll. .
During an interactive session with staff of KWSIEC at various Local Government Areas, the Commission’s Chairman, Mallam Okanla Baba, assured that the Commission’s offices in various Local Government Areas would witness comprehensive renovation of the offices soon.
He added that offices would be put in place where there is none, to aid the conduct of a popular and credible elections across the 16 LGAs.
The Chairman and his team who had earlier visited the national Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC )office Abuja to solicit the support of the National electoral umpire, as a follow up to the already established working relationship with the Kwara State Resident Commissioner of INEC.
KWSIEC’s delegation and all the Assistant Electoral Officers (AEOs), compared notes and reiterated the need for electoral officials to be of good conduct and ethical practices, given the significance of a credible poll to the State’s political development.
The KWSIEC team emphasized that the task ahead is a trust bestowed on the Commission to deliver a free, fair and credible local government elections in the state.