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Okowa Kicks Against Transition Committees For Local Government Councils

Posted: Nov 5, 2015 at 3:00 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
DELTA State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has kicked against setting up transition committees for local government councils.
According to Governor Okowa, transition committee is not constitutional, so, if it is not set up at the state and federal levels, why should local government suffer such faith, noting that it was undemocratic, an aberration and should not be condoned especially, in Delta State.
The Governor spoke Thursday when he received reports of the 2014 local government elections from the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC).
“I believe that law specifically states in the constitution that democratically elected local government councils are guaranteed and to that extent, I believe it is an aberration at any time to have transition committees, this is my believe and as such, we must plan early enough for elections because this is what the constitution states,” Governor Okowa said.
He added, “I am just imagining, just as democratic administration is constitutionally guaranteed in the state and federal government, the local government is. And if the states and federal government do not have transition committees, it is imperative that all state governors plan ahead of time to have democratically elected local government councils because, that is the right thing and we must defend the constitution.”
Governor Okowa commended the DSIEC for conducting an acceptable local government elections in 2014, noting, “we must try to ensure that there is transparency in the conduct of local government elections and I think that what happened in the 2014 local government elections was a step in the right direction, there is room for improvement and I hope that we continue to improve on our electoral processes.”
“People must be free to make their own choices and we must be sure that the choices that are made by the people becomes a reality in the eventual declaration of results,” Governor Okowa reiterated.
While assuring that the report presented by the DSIEC would be studied and kept for future references, the Governor said that in the conduct of elections, fairness and impartiality must be in place.
The Chairman of DSIEC, Mr Moses Ogbe had during the presentation of the report, assured Deltans of DSIEC commitment to conducting free, fair, and acceptable local government elections but, emphasised that the task of conducting such an acceptable elections was the responsibility of all stakeholders and as such, the leadership of the various registered political parties should always play by the rule.