Imo LG Election:APC not ready,ISIEC railroad parties to shift election

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…commission fixes August 25

The inability of the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) to meeting set guidelines for the local government council elections scheduled for july 28,2018 may have forced the Imo State Independent Electoral Commission(ISIEC) to post pone the election for the third time.

Briefing a cross section of Inter-Party Advisory Council members on Wednesday at the commission’s Owerri office,the Chairman of ISIEC,Bar Ethelbert Ibeabuchi flanked by other commissioners informed the Party chieftains that only two Political Parties-Accord and the Peoples Redemption Party(PRP) met the timing for submission of candidates.

The Chairman while acknowledging receipt of letters from a number of participating political parties including Young Progressives Party(YPP) calling for an extention of the date for election from the earlier july 28 to a new date,August 25,2018 is to enable them conclude with relevant electoral guidelines toward fielding candidates necessiated for an extension in date.

Though, he maintained on the readiness of the electoral umpire to go on with the conduct but had to reconsider her position to accommodate various political parties.

The Chairman of ACCord Party in the state,Hon Thankgod in his submission frownedat the shift in date as according to him,his party’s candidates were not being treated fairly by the umpire and called for declaration of these candidates in the three local government Areas as winners having met the existing guidelines.

However, a number of Party Chairmen in attendance like Mr Ugo C.Ugo of All Grand Alliance Party(AGAP),the Action Democratic Party(ADP) and Hope Democratic Party(HDP) and the deputy chairman of IPAC,Dr Chijioke supported an extension of same.

Meanwhile, investigations by Imostateonline.com from the Commission showed that the umpire may have taken the decision to extend the timetable due to numerous logistic challenges including non release of funds to procure necessary electoral materials,screen party candidates, and recruit, train adhoc workers for the council elections. An inside source who never wanted her name in print hinted that there is no sign of preparation to hold the election thus far as no contract had been awarded to print sensitive electoral materials and that participating political parties have never shown much commitment in fulfilling stipulated conditions.

Indeed, some Party chairmen interviewed immediately after the briefing said that they were in to give creadility to the council election else it assumes one sided contest. They alleged that the outcome would favour the ruling party as they control the structure in place making for the shift in date to enable the APC resolve the raging crises within the party.

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