Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission, OGSIEC said it has screened 903 councillorship candidates for the October 8 local government election.
The commission which concluded the screening exercise, yesterday, said 17 political parties participated.
Chairman of the screening committee, Barrister Mutiu Agboke, explained that candidates with anomalies were allowed to regularise their positions.
He explained that apart from misleading information on the data forms of some candidates, 269 of them were found not to have records of tax payment in the last three years.
Agboke, who maintained that the intention of the commission was not to disqualify candidates, explained that many of them with irregularities were already addressing them.
“What the commission did as we have on our time table was to commence the screening of councillorship candidates which we did without any hitch, virtually all the candidates of 17 political parties participated actively in the screening. So far, we have 903 candidates that appeared with a view to contesting the election and we have others whose names are still pending because of one irregularity or the other.
“If you look at the guideline, you will see that what we have there is to the effect that the person contesting the election must be eligible, not below 18 years and must be a citizen that has shown high level of responsibility in discharging his\her civic responsibility.
“In other words, we expect such a person to have paid his regular tax in the last three years and we have told the political parties to ensure that their candidates fulfil these conditions for them to be eligible. On the day of the screening, we discovered that there were lots of irregularities in terms of information that they supplied in data form, credentials, non-willingness of the candidates to perform their civic duties.
“Our intention wasn’t to disqualify any candidate or to put a stumbling block on the path of anybody, our intention is to ensure that a large number of individuals participate in the exercise and what we have done is to allow people who did not fill the form properly to correct them. We have 269 candidates affected by the issue of tax and I am aware that many of them are coming to regularise it.”
On factional lists of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the commissioner said “We screened the two existing factions of the PDP known to the commission, but what we discovered was that there were some names that appeared on the two lists. For us, we have screened the two factions, the same we will do for the chairmanship which will start tomorrow (today) until we are able to know the direction we are going, the issue of the PDP remains unresolved by the commission.”

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