… As EBSIEC Takes Voters Sensitization to Ivo LGA
By Ruth Oginyi and Agnes Igwe
Ebonyi State Independent Electoral Commission (EBSIEC) has warned political parties participating in the April 25th Local Government and Councillorship Elections in the State to shun any act that will mar the election.
Citizens’ advocate gathered that the Commission has commenced voters’ education, sensitization and public enlightenment across the state.
The programme was flagged-off at Nkaliki on Monday, Abakaliki Local Government Area of the state by the Chairman of the Commission, Chief Jossy Eze.
Chief Eze while addressing the electorate assured that the electoral body was poised to provide a level playing ground for all political parties and interest groups in the election and he urged the electorate to support the commission to deliver free, fair and credible local government election in the state.
He urged all the contestants to play the game by the rules and guidelines, emphasizing that EBSIEC had always enjoyed conducive elections in the past.
The Chairman of Abakaliki Local Government Area, Chief Emma Nwangele promised that the people would make use of the enlightenment and cooperate with EBSIEC to ensure the success of the election.
Participants including Cletus Igboke and Sandra Nwudele identified imposition of candidates by political parties and rigging as causes of voters’ apathy and assured that they would support to ensure peaceful election.
The voters’ education council chairmen were mandated to mobilize traditional rulers, religious leaders and market women for the programme.
The voters’ education activities were held at the different council areas of the State.
Meanwhile, Ivo people have been advised to shun voters’ apathy.
The Chairman of Ebonyi State Independent Electoral Commission (EBSIEC), Barr. Jossy Eze gave this advice at Isiaka the headquarters of Ivo LGA during a voters sensitization exercise organized by the commission in the area.
The Chairman who was represented on the occasion by the Member 1 of the Commission, Chief Nnanna Nweze Ofor told the people that the commission as an electoral umpire is committed to organising a free, fair and acceptable election.
He appreciated the state governor, Engr. Chief David Nweze Umahi for making it possible for the commission to organise the election because according to him, there are some states that have not held local government election for the past ten years.
In a remark, the Secretary of the commission, Barr. Chukwuemeka Orji advised the people to prepare and vote for the candidates of their choice because the local government elections is the foundation of democracy and that democracy remains the best form of government world over.
He further said that the election is very important because it deals with the people at the grass root and called on the Traditional rulers and other stakeholders to mobilize their people to vote for the candidates of their choice.
Also speaking, the administrative officer of the commission, Mrs Ijeoma Orji told parents to warn their children against indulging in election violence. She listed some the causes of election violence to include; imposition of candidates, smoking of hard drugs during election and going for election with dangerous weapons. She advised political parties to always choose popular candidates.
Earlier the executive chairman of the council, Hon Ogbonnaya Chukwu Ude welcomed the people and told them that he had mobilized all the who is who in the council to come and listen to the commission because the election is of great importance to them.
The Chairman who was represented at the occasion by the Supervisor for works in the council, Hon Oscar Akpoke Nwosu told the people that they will do everything within their powers to ensure the success of the election in the council.
The highlight of the occasion was the demonstration of the right to vote for the candidate of your choice by the EBSIEC electoral officer in the council .