We’re Set For Successful LG Polls –DSIEC

BY HOPE AKAEZUE/
JOSIAH OGOEGBUNEM
Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC), yesterday affirmed that preparations for the January 6, 2018 local government elections in the state have been firmed up as the commission has taken steps to deliver on its mandate.
Speaking to The Pointer in his office in Asaba yesterday, the DSIEC Director, Public Affairs and Communication, Mr. Arubi Orugboh said that the commission ‘has taken measures to make sure that the coming January 6 2018 local government elections in the state will not be mirred by anything.
According to the director, men and non-sensitive materials have been mobilised to the various field offices in the state and also other electoral logistics are being taken care of, in order to make sure that ‘everything is ready before the election day,’ saying that over 10, 000 ad hoc staff had been trained for the elections, including DSIEC staff that will be on ground.
Orugboh, who said that DSIEC was fully ready for the election, promised that as an umpire in the election, they ‘will make sure that the local government elections will be free and fair, ‘while also advising the electorate and politicians to play the game as stipulated, as that will help the commission to deliver on its mandate of ensuring free and fair elections.
On the accreditation of journalists for the elections, the director confirmed that before Friday, all journalists for the local government elections ‘will be accredited, as plans are in top gear to make sure that the tags will be ready latest’ today and promised to cooperate with the press during the elections.
Meanwhile, the Area Commander of the Sapele Area Command, ACP Mamman Sale Rijau, has summoned a security meeting with all security chiefs, DSIEC representatives, political party chieftains,candidates of the various political parties and political stakeholders on how to achieve peace and tranquility in the forthcoming local government elections in the state.
Addressing the political parties, candidates and other stakeholders, the area commander appealed for the cooperation of all concerned, adding that it required peace to achieve genuine, free and fair elections.
He noted that the success of the local government elections will send a positive signal towards the conduct of future elections in the area, admonishing all trouble makers and election materials hijackers to desist from making trouble.
Also, all the political parties representatives who spoke yesterday, emphasised the need to ensure the early arrival of electoral materials at the different polling units across the area command.
They noted that crises on election day ‘are often engendered by the tendency to hijack electoral materials, in order to manipulate the outcome of elections, insisting that the security agencies and DSIEC ‘must rise above board in this respect, if the electorate must take them serious in future elections.’