The Ondo State Independent Electoral Commission (ODIEC) has been asked to release the timetable for the local government elections in the state.
The Inter-Party Advisory Council of Nigeria (IPAC), an umbrella body of all political parties in the state, gave the advice in a communique issued electronically on Tuesday in Akure.
Sahara Reporters obtained a copy of the communique signed by IPAC Chairman, Adebosoye Ogunbodede and Secretary, Lawrence Kehinde.
The IPAC stated that there was an urgent need to release a workable and reliable timetable for the local government election in the state.
It said releasing the timetable will help the political parties willing to participate in the election prepare fully ahead of its conduct.
The group urged the electoral body to take a clue from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in its preparations for the LG polls.
IPAC also called on the ODIEC to be transparent in the discharge of its electoral duties by creating a free, level playing ground for the parties. It also urged stakeholders in the electoral process to shun violence.
In February, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu had set up a seven-man committee to head the Ondo State Independent Electoral Commission.
Mr. Akeredolu said the committee, headed by Prof. Yomi Dinakin, will be saddled with the responsibility of conducting the election into the 18 local government areas of the state. Prof. Dinakin was to be assisted by Soji Omowole, Oladele Akinyelure, Tunde Adeyeye, Stella Omotosho, Ake Ibrahim and Rotimi Olorunfemi.
Sahara Reporters had also reported how the sum of N2billion was budgeted for the conduct of the local government poll inside the 2017 budget that was presented to the lawmakers of the state House of Assembly.