Preparations For Delta LG Polls In Top Gear

BY CHARLES EMENI
Ahead of the January 6 Local Government elections in Delta State, the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC) has said that the commission was putting final arrangements in place to make the elections hitch-free and successful.
A total of 16 political parties and 1, 089 candidates are vying in thepolsmeant to usher in a new batch of political leaders of the 25 local government areas of the state.
Speaking to The Pointer yesterday, the spokesman for the Commission, Mr. Arubi Orugboh, said that the commission was in the process of putting men and materials in place towards making sure that it achieves its mandate on the local government elections.
He said that all through the holidays, the commission was busy 24 hours, assuring that on the day of the election, Deltans should be free to go out to exercise their franchise.
Already, he said, arrangements for the accreditation of media practitioners that would monitor and cover the elections was in top gear, hoping that by Thursday, December 4, the issue of accreditation and logistics would have be addressed.
To this end, he said that 16 political parties are expected to take part in the elections, while leaders of political parties in the state have been presented with the voters’ register.
He revealed that 16 political parties and 1, 089 candidates will be participating in the elections, adding that already, the commission had moved non-sensitive materials to local governments in the state. A breakdown of the tally of candidates includes 979 councillorship, 55 chairmanship and 55 vice- chairmanship candidates.
In the interim, in view of the forthcoming local government council elections, the Commissioner of Police, (CP) Delta State Command, CP Zanna M. Ibrahim, has ordered the restriction of vehicular movements in Delta State from 6am to 3pm on the Election Day.
The CP who gave the order yesterday, noted that only those on official and emergency duties with valid means of identification, as well as the electorate with Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs), going to their registered polling units to cast their votes would be allowed passage during the restriction order.
While noting that the restriction order ‘is a security measure tailored towards checkmating movement of probable mischief makers and political thugs,’ the CP warned that any person or group of persons that foment trouble during the exercise would be arrested and prosecuted in line with the provisions of the law.
The CP, therefore, advised politicians and their supporters to adhere strictly to the electoral provisions and avoid any conduct capable of causing the break down of law and order before, during and after the elections.
While regretting the inconvenience the restriction order will cause commuters passing Delta State to other states, the CP enjoined them to take alternative routes or make do with other contingency plans