The Osun State Independent Electoral Commission has commenced training for the Electoral Officers and the Assistant Electoral Offices that will be used for the January 27 local government election in the state.
The training, with the theme: “Updating knowledge in trends and dynamic of grassroot election management and administration,” took place at the new Fakunle Government High School in Osogbo, the state capital.
The Chairman of the Commission, Otunba Segun Oladitan, told electoral officers that the training was designed to keep them abreast of the best practises in the conduct of election.
Oladitan charged the electoral officers to see themselves as unbiased umpires and be good ambassadors of the commission by working hard to ensure a free, fair, credible and successful election.
While speaking with newsmen on the sideline of the training, the OSSIEC chairman said the January 27 date of the election remains sacrosanct and that the exercise is free from all encumbrances.
The OSSIEC chairman said the case instituted against the process at an Abuja High Court by some individuals in the opposition was faulty and cannot change the date of the election.
Oladitan said: “I’m a lawyer of repute and I know that the litigations plotted to stop us from conducting the election are not sufficient or capable of putting a halt to the process.”
Oladitan said the commission is ready for the exercise and that all necessary mechanisms have been put in place to ensure hitch an free exercise.
He also disclosed that 18 political parties in the state have completed necessary processes to participate in the poll and assured them that the election would be conducted free and fair.