The final list of governorship and House of Assembly candidates that will reflect the substitution, withdrawal and replacement of candidates done by the various political parties in Oyo State for the 2019 general elections will be published on January 31.
The state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of INEC, Mr Mutiu Agboke, made this known in Ibadan, on Thursday, at the inaugural meeting of the Inter Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES).
He said the final list of presidential and National Assembly candidates will be made public on January 17.
Agboke lamented that out of the 2,934,107 registered voters in the state, only 1,958,069 have collected their permanent voter cards, leaving 1,004,577 cards uncollected.
He urged the owners of the unclaimed PVCs to make use of the available window for collection to visit INEC office in the local government areas and other designated areas.
The REC, stating that INEC is ready for the elections, tasked the heads of security agencies in the committee to ensure adequate security for all adhoc staff, INEC offices, and election materials as well as provide peaceful atmosphere for voting.
While charging the security agencies to identify flashpoints and sponsors of electoral violence, he asked them to be committed to “securing the registration area centres where the corps members recruited to serve as presiding officers and assistant presiding officers will be camped overnight.”
He assured stakeholders that smart card readers, which he said had been upgraded for better performance and efficiency, would be deployed for voter verification and authentication during the election.
He promised to engage with traditional and religious leaders as part of the efforts to step up voter sensitisation and mobilisation.
Also speaking at the security committee meeting, the state Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, who co-chairs the committee with the REC, assured that the security agencies would deal with any threat that might happen before, during and after the election.
He dismissed fears that recent clashes in some parts of Ibadan may affect the elections. “I don’t see them as a big threat,” he said. “They could be some threat, but we are working on them. We have mapped out strategies with which we are going to deal with them.”
He stated that “the skirmishes that happened can’t directly now be linked with anything political. They are just thugs in about three areas”.