NewsExpress advert FCMB banner Fidelity bank banner NewsExpress advert
LG Polls soon in Ebonyi as Umahi signs electoral bill

By News Express on 22/01/2017

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 1,009

Governor Umahi.
Governor Umahi.

The Ebonyi State Governor, Engr. David Nweze Umahi, has signed the Ebonyi State Electoral and Related Matters Bill into law.

While signing the Bill at the Government House in Abakaliki, Umahi explained that the new law which came into force by 1.40 pm on the 20th of January 2017, was necessary following the nullification of the old law of queuing behind candidates at the Federal High Court and the withdrawal of the appeal filed against the ruling.

Umahi said: “You will recall that the last administration had Local Government election and the elected persons were functioning until somebody took the outcome to court.
The court ruled that the law was improper. I think it was an open ballot system. The House of Assembly then appealed the ruling but the Executive accepted it and dissolved the councils. The House however, appealed and there is no way you can do another Local Government election if that matter is still pending in the court of appeal.”

The Governor pointed out that the new law would enthrone full democracy in the LGAs as representatives in party primaries would be the wish of the people.

The Governor, in a statement on Friday by his spokesman, Emma Anya, also stated that the law had empowered the Ebonyi State Independent Electoral Commission (EBSIEC) to commence the process of conducting Local Government elections.

“With this new law, the ball is now with EBSIEC to blow the whistle for the political parties to start political activities in our Local Governments and the thinking of party leadership is that we teach the world, example of what democracy is, by making sure that our party primaries are based on the people.”

While Umahi mentioned the Speaker and the National Vice Chairman of PDP as observers of the primaries, he encouraged them to convene stakeholders meeting in each Local Government to ensure that only aspirants capable of winning would be chosen to stand for the chairmanship and councillorship elections.

His words:  “Whoever the people want should be the person that will go for us. I believe that the party leadership, especially Working Committee members and I say Speaker and the National Vice Chairman should become observers.

“They should convene meetings of stakeholders of Local Governments to hear about the situation on the ground and the wishes of the people as regards the chairmanship and then the councillorship aspirants.

“It is important to know that whoever is coming on board will be somebody who will be able to win election.”

Engr. Umahi also announced that the Bills on contributory pension scheme as well as the National Health Insurance Scheme (NIHS) would be sent to the House of Assembly for passage into law.

He emphasised that the circular for the implementation of the latter would not be effective until February when the bill would have been passed.

He directed the Deputy Governor, Eric Kelechi Igwe, to constitute a committee to monitor constituency projects to ensure that jobs were executed according to specifications.

Umahi said: “A lot of our projects are not being watered and we don’t want to hide any sickness. When you’re in your official functions and you catch such contractors, you can sack them on site. “And when you find anybody using hand to mix concrete you send the person to sanction the person.”  

Source News Express

Posted 22/01/2017 09:29 AM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

REVEALED: 3 natural ways to get stronger erections, last 25minutes on bed, and increase manhood size without using drugs. Also, Natural Prostrate Enlargement Remedy.. Get In HERE...

 

You may also like...
Compliance with fiscal responsibility act will eradicate corruption...

Association of Non-bank Microfinance Institutions meets in Abuja,...

Danjuma’s call for self-defense scary — Presidency

Sultan declares Wednesday Eid-el-fitr day

Nigerian govt. rejects U.S. position on IPOB

Boko Haram’s plans to bomb Aso Rock, our...

UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria laments ambush on...

Pictured: Heavily pregnant woman completes 800m race at...

Tony Elumelu honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award in...

New Islamic sect springs up in Kaduna; founder...

Group moves to combat fake news

Biggest fears of an entrepreneur and why they...

 

Latest News Cameroon holiday hit by violence in English-speaking areas Don't neglect to pay the middleman: How Shell and Eni ended up on trial BREAKING: Olisa Metuh collapses in court 15 feared dead as rival cults clash in Awka •11 suspects in police net Nnamdi Kanu and Nigerian Army: Judicial lessons from America, By Russel Andrew Crowe Senate 2019: If Lola Ashiru runs... Herdsmen ambush troops in Benue; kill 2 soldiers, abduct others Queen of bloggers Linda Ikeji heavily pregnant (See photos) Man beaten to death for allegedly killing cow Buhari to lead one-million-man Democracy Walk Tax evaders have two months left to pay through VAIDS or risk severe punishment — FG FG approves 6 additional fertilizer blending plants

 

Most Read Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (345,003 views) NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (341,647 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (273,118 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (224,532 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (205,026 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (202,522 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (176,729 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (159,037 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (150,056 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (143,214 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (139,860 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (132,262 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (40) Business & Economy (3,137) Business Verdict (43) Columnists (853) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (207) Entertainment (497) Features (594) Global Business Monitor (273) International (1,965) Interview (149) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (120) News (35,456) Opinion (954) Pidgin (10) Politics (5,026) Religion (742) Sports (1,512) Stock Watch (28) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

CBN banner

Firstmobile banner

 

 

NEWS EXPRESS TV

Boko Haram commanders surrender

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

REVEALED: 3 natural ways to get stronger erections, last 25minutes on bed, and increase manhood size without using drugs. Also, Natural Prostrate Enlargement Remedy.. Get In HERE...

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement