IIorin - Kwara State Independent Electoral Commission has fixed Saturday, Aug. 31, for the conduct of fresh elections into Offa Local Government Council, an official said on Wednesday.
The Chairman of the Commission, Dr Uthman Ajidagba, announced the plan in IIorin at a news briefing.
He said the conduct of the fresh local government election in Offa was in compliance with the judgment of the state High Court delivered on Feb. 22.
He said that an appellate court in another judgment delivered on July 23 ordered similar fresh elections for all councillorship seats in Offa Council area.
The chairman said that since the state of emergency declared by the state government in Offa on Feb. 5 had been lifted, it was imperative to conduct fresh elections for the posts.
Ajidagba said all candidates, who took part in the last elections held in the local government area, were eligible to participate in the new polls.
He said the Oct. 26 date for the conduct of the local government elections in the remaining 15 areas still remained.
The chairman promised that the commission would be fair, honest and transparent to all regardless of party inclinations or background.
Meanwhile, the commission has commenced a sensitisation tour of the 16 local government areas of the state for the conduct of the Oct. 26 local government elections.
The tour started with Baruten and Kaima local government areas of the state.
The chairman, who led other six commissioners of the commission on the tour, solicited the assistance of the political stakeholders in the two local government areas to ensure the success of the election.
Ajidagba urged the stakeholders to eschew hooliganism, violence or any acts that were inimical to the conduct of successful elections.
He promised that the electoral materials would get to them on time in spite of distance from the state capital.