14 political parties to participate in Imo state LG polls

14 political parties to participate in Imo state LG polls

- About 14 political parties will be participating in the local government election in Imo state scheduled for Saturday, August 25

- The parties will be contesting for 27 chairmanship positions and 645 councillorship positions

Ahead of the Imo state local government election, 14 political parties including the All Progressives Congress (APC ), Accord Party, Green Party of Nigeria (GNP), Young People’s Party (YPP), KOWA, Mega Party of Nigeria (MPN), Social Democratic Party (SDP), African Democratic Congress (ADC), among others will be participating, The Nations reports.

NAIJ.com gathered that Hon Ethelbert Ibebuchi, the chairman of the Imo state Independent Electoral Commission (ISIEC), made the disclosure while briefing journalists on the preparedness of the commission.

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Ibebuchi said the political parties will be contesting for 27 chairmanship positions and 645 councillorship positions. He further stated that the commission has concluded all necessary arrangements to ensure a hitch free and credible polls.

“The Commission is ready for the election and we are urging the people to come out perform their civic responsibilities. Let me assure all and sundry that ISIEC has made available to all participating political parties and their candidates, a level playing ground to actively take part in order to actualize their political goals.

“May I in unequivocal terms assures our numerous publics that ISIEC is sufficiently ready to go. Be rest assured that as part of our altruistic design to ensure a hitch free exercise, there shall be restriction of movement of persons between 8am and 4pm when polls are expected to come to an end,” he said.

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NAIJ.com previously reported that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo has distanced itself from the proposed local government elections planned by the government of Owelle Rochas Okorocha as it described the polls fixed for July 14, as unconstitutional.

In a statement by Damian Opara, its spokesperson, the party argued that the proposed election did not follow constitutional stipulations.

According to the statement, the Supreme Court had advised the Imo state Independent Electoral Commission (ISEC) against holding the election.

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