Lokoja - Mr Ayo Olaniran, the Chairman, Kogi State Independent Electoral Commission (KOSIEC), on Tuesday said that16 political parties would contest the Local Government elections in May.
He made this known when he addressed political party executives at the commission's office in Lokoja.
Olaniran said the 16 political parties had registered and would vie having concluded their primaries within the stipulated time frame in line with commission's timetable.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the chairman released a 'Notice of Poll' for the election pursuant to the provisions of Section 37 of Kogi State Local Government Law 2004.
He said: "KOSIEC, hereby, notifies the general public that the chairmanship and councillorship elections will hold in the 21 Local Government Areas and the 239 electoral wards of Kogi State on May 4, 2013."
Olaniran said the elections would hold between 8 am and 3pm, and urged the electorate to go out courageously and exercise their civic rights.
He also urged the political parties to conduct their activities "with decorum, in good conscience, tolerance and understanding", and not resort to violence to subvert the will of the people.
"Let us uphold the democratic principle of One-Man, One-Woman, One-Youth, One-Vote," he said.
He enjoined the parties to be vigilant and ensure proper and peaceful conduct of the election and to caution their agents at the polling stations to conduct themselves properly.
"The eyes of the international communities are on us in Kogi and we must do things with decorum and a lot of decency," Olaniran cautioned.
The commission, according to him, is following the electoral timetable religiously.
He gave the assurance that there would be no hitches as the commission was ready, adding that electoral materials would be timely distributed.