Dickson appoints new Acting Chairman of BYSIEC, charges commission to conduct free, fair, peaceful LG election

Posted by News Express | 20 June 2019 | 531 times

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Bayelsa State Governor, the Honourable Seriake Dickson, has appointed Hon. Remember Ogbe as Acting Chairman of the Bayelsa State Independent Electoral Commission (BYSIEC).

The Governor charged members of the commission to conduct free, fair and peaceful local government poll that would be acceptable to all.

A statement by his Special Adviser on Media Relations, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei, quoted the governor to have given the charge during the swearing in ceremony of two members of the State Independent Electoral Commission on Tuesday in Yenagoa.

The new members are, Hon. Charles Emmanuel, a former member of the State House of Assembly representing Brass Constituency One and Barr. Perebigha Ajoko.

Governor Dickson said the local government election scheduled to hold in September this year should be conducted in a manner that would reflect the wishes of the electorate.

Governor Dickson noted that Hon. Ogbe was appointed Acting Chairman of the Commission until a decision is taken on the issue of the nomination of the chairman designate of the BYSIEC.

He expressed confidence in the capability of the new members of the Commission to effectively oversee the affairs of the commission given their track record in their previous assignments.

Governor Dickson also urged political parties and their candidates to abide by the outcome of the election.

He said: “I congratulate the two members of the commission who have been sworn in today. You are appointed to fill in vacancies that emanated from the resignation of some members. You are selected because of your capacity and experience.

“I urge you to do what is right and fair and carry out your duties in a manner that would engender trust and confidence. You should be prepared to conduct free, fair and credible elections.

“I have listened to some of the concerns expressed on the position of the Chairman designate. That is why he is not taking his office.

“I call on the commission to carry out their duties in a way that would engender confidence. Let the elections be free and fair, and let the wishes of Bayelsans be respect. We are giving you free hand and every party should abide by the outcome of the elections.”


•Photo by Michael Owi shows Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson (2nd R), and his Deputy, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah Retd (2nd L), in a group photograph with the two newly sworn-in Commissioners of the State Independent Electoral Commission: Hon. Charles Emmanuel (L), and Barr. Ajoko Perediyegha, shortly after the swearing-in ceremony, in the Executive Chambers, Government House, Yenagoa.

Source: News Express

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