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Following the cancellation of the earlier advertised date for elections into the Imo State Local government council, the Imo state Independent Electoral Commission on Wednesday announced a new date of july 14,2018.
The announcement of a new date came through the chairman of the commission,Hon Ethelbert Ibeabuchi during a stakeholders meeting convened to brief the citizenries on the preparations being made towards a successful election in the state.
Ibebuchi in his address to the participants situates that” within the Nigerian context,there can not be a better way of deepening the democratic culture without ample recognition of the grassroots that should culminate in the conduct of peaceful,orderly,free and fair local government council elections”.
Continuing,he said”ISIEC regrets that elections into the local government councils ought to have come before now”.
The State Electoral commission boss maintains that based on the Imo State law No.14 of 2000(as amended),the constitution of the federal Republic of Nigeria 1999(as amended) and in line with the powers conferred on him,a new date of july 14,2018 is declared for the state council election.
The Chief Electoral Officer went-on charging registered Political parties to begin preparations towards selecting candidates for the election in line with the enabling laws.
However, investigations by Imostateonline.com showed that some person and Political Parties continue to express doubts over the workability of the new date owing to numerous cancellations in the past.
According to a commentator who gave his name as Nze speaking to our correspondent wondered how the electoral body would manage issues of persons/parties who bought normination forms from ISIEC without the elections taking place and no refunds made thus far.
Moreso, a commentator said that if the election holds,it can only serve the interest of Gov.Okorocha’s political family as the umpire can not be trusted having being known as the Rescue mission government loyalists.
There is also fears being expressed by Imolites over the rumour making rounds that the council elections will hold in the various autonomous communities in the state.