From: Chidi Nnadi, Enugu
The Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission (ENSIEC) has announced that it would hold elections to the local government council in the state on November 4.
ENSIEC Chairman, Dr. Mike Ajogwu (SAN), who announced this, on Tuesday, during the presentation of the commission’s mandate before political leaders, traditional rulers, leaders of different political parties and other stakeholders in the state, said that they were giving “the public the statutory notice of our intention to conduct local government election to the offices of chairmen of local governments and councillors of wards in the local governments.”
He noted that the notice was in pursuance of the provisions of the 1999 Constitution as amended, Third Schedule Part 11 B4, which has been domesticated by Section 7 of ENSIEC Law Cap. 59 Law of Enugu, 2004, that has empowered them to organise, undertake and supervise all elections to local government councils within the state.
Ajogwu also released a brief time-table for the election, which urged the political parties to present to ENSIEC between September 4 and 12 their time-table for primaries.
He also said that the list of candidates nominated by the political parties should get to the commission on October 4 while the screening of candidates is expected to begin on October 5 and ends on October 9.
According to Ajogwu, the local government election scheduled to hold on November 4, would be by open ballot system, adding that the chairmanship and councillorship run-off elections would hold on December 2, if the need arises.
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi had early this year promised to conduct council polls which he said was delayed because of paucity of funds while the major opposition party in the state, All progressives Congress (APC), during its caucus meeting in Enugu also indicated interest to participate in the LG elections.