The Oyo State Government has approved the printing of 2.6 million customized ballot papers to be used for the forthcoming Local Government election which is scheduled to hold on May 15th, 2021 for N279.5 million. While 19.5 million for VAT.
This was disclosed to Governor’s Office correspondents by the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun on Tuesday after the State Executive Council meeting held at the Governor’s Office.
Wasiu noted that the production is directly awarded to Nigerian Security Printing and Minting in Lagos. He stated the reasons for awarding the contract to such company instead of the state printing press as it used to be in the past.
“This Council approved the of ballot papers to be used for forthcoming Local Government election, which is scheduled to hold on the 15th of May. And the production is directly awarded to Nigerian Security Printing and Minting in Lagos.
“We did this to show how serious and transparent we are and how prepared this administration is towards the forthcoming election. We are giving out to a reputable printing company known for printing of security materials.
“In the past elections in the state, they made use of government Printing Press but, this time around, we want a third party to handle this sensitive materials so that nobody will have access to the ballot papers.”