The Edo State Independent Electoral Commission (EDSIEC), pursuant to Section 21 of Edo State Local Government Electoral Law and the Edo State Independent Electoral Commission Establishment (Re-enactment) (Amendment 1) Law 2022, has released the timetable for the local government elections.
The council polls have been fixed for Saturday, January 14, 2023.
In a statement, signed by Emmanuel Abebe, on behalf of the chairman of EDSIEC, the commission said, “pursuant to Section 21 of Edo State Local Government Electoral Law and the Edo State Independent Electoral Commission Establishment (Re-enactment) (Amendment 1) Law 2022, notice of election is hereby given as follows: that election into the offices of the chairmen and councilors for the 18 local government councils in Edo State shall be held on Saturday, January 14, 2023.”
The electoral body said “all the registered political parties are required to collect nomination forms on behalf of their candidates at the Edo State Independent Electoral Commission Headquarters located at Plot 116, Oko-Ogba, Airport Road, Benin City.”
In the release made available to journalists, the schedule for the election is as follows: Tuesday, August 30, 2022 – Meeting with political parties; Thursday, September 1 to Friday September 30,2022 – Conduct of party primaries; Monday, October 3, 2022 to Friday, October 28, 2022 – Collection and submission of forms by political parties/submission of list of party candidates; Monday, October 31 to Thursday, November 10, 2022 – Screening of candidates; Thursday, November 17, 2022 – Display of names of candidates.”
The statement further reads: “Friday, November 18, 2022 – Electioneering campaign commences; Friday, November 25,2022 – Submission of names of changes/substituted candidates and screening of substituted candidates; Wednesday, December12, 2022 – Final publication of list of validated candidates; Wednesday, December 28, 2022 – Publication of notice of polls at the ward collation centers; Wednesday December 28, 2022 – Submission of names of party agents by political parties; Midnight of Thursday, January 12, 2023 – End of electioneering campaign and Saturday, January 14, 2023 – Local Government Election.”