OGSIEC cancels nomination fees for Candidates
The payment of nomination fees for Chairmanship and Councillorship candidates in the July 24 Local Government elections has been cancelled by the OGSIEC.
Babatunde Osibodu, the Chairman of the OGSIEC, announced the announcement in a statement on Saturday.
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OGSIEC had previously announced the payment of non-refundable deposits of N200,000 and N100,000 for chairmanship and councillorship candidates, respectively,
“The Commission was bombarded with calls for the cancellation based on a particular Court judgement,” Osibodu added.
He said, “We did promise that we will revert our decision if any of the political parties was able to provide the said judgment; unfortunately, none of them was able to come up with the judgement until recently.
“After the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) strike was called off, we took it upon ourselves to contact the Chief Registrar of the Ogun State High Court and get a copy of the judgement. We have now received a copy of Hon. Justice G.O Soremi’s judgement in the case of the National Conscience Party of Nigeria (NCP) and others vs. OGSIEC and Attorney-General of Ogun State, which held that Sections 14,15, and 16 of the Ogun State Electoral Law of 2007 violate Sections 7 (4), 106, and 107 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999. (As amended).
As a result, the Commission has decided to cancel the payment of nomination fees as previously announced, according to Osibodu.
While saying the commission has not collected money from any of the political parties or candidates prior to this latest decision, the Chairman assured of the electoral body’s resolve to be neutral, fair, impartial, even-handed and transparent in the conduct of the election.