Ebonyi State Independent Electoral Commission, EBSIEC, on Wednesday announced it would hold the state’s Local Government election on 15th August 2020.
Recall that the election was earlier scheduled to hold last April 25th but was cancelled by the governor as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Governor David Umahi recently lifted the ban for the conduct of the election and directed EBSIEC to carry out all electoral activities to pave way for the emergence of new chairmen.
The Chairman of EBSIEC, Barr. Josy Eze made this known during a meeting with representatives of political parties, security agencies and other stakeholders.
“We are mindful of the COVID-19 rules and restrictions and have, therefore, revised our guidelines to be in line with the protocols.
“Political parties are, therefore, urged to commence activities such as campaigns but they must be in conformity with all COVID-19 protocols.
“The public should also know that recruitment of Ad-hoc staff, enlightenment and other processes that will lead to the election will all be COVID-19 protocols compliant,” he said.
The EBSIEC chairman urged political parties to ‘be in line’ with the commission to ensure peaceful conduct of the polls and use the media and virtual conferencing mechanisms to their advantage.
“We shall be fair and open to all political parties and enjoin them to be serious and present credible candidates in order to be successful at the polls,” Eze said.
Mr Micahal Anyim, Organising Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state thanked the State Government for ensuring that the election would ‘eventually’ hold after several months of postponement.
“The PDP is ready to sweep all positions at the polls as we will abide by all regulations and guidelines which will ensure transparent and peaceful polls,” he said.
Mr James Obasi, state Chairman of the Action Alliance (AA) urged EBSIEC to correct the notion that Ebonyi was a ‘PDP’ state with openness before, during and after the elections.
“The measure will ensure that candidates from other political parties will compete fully and accept the results, having been satisfied with the credibility of the electoral process,” he said.