By Austin Ogwuda
Asaba— THE long-awaited local government elections in Delta State, have been fixed for October 25, 2014, to usher in democratically elected officials to manage the affairs of the third tier of government, which is presently run by caretaker committees.
State Chairman of Delta State Independent Electoral Commission, DSIEC, Mr. Moses Ogbe, who announced this at a stakeholders meeting in Asaba, said that the proposed date was chosen after consideration of some factors.
He said: “Having regard to the desire of Deltans for the conduct of a smooth and hitch-free local government election in the state, the commission had resolved that the election will hold on October 25, 2014. For instance, it will be counter-productive for us to conduct the election at the peak of the rainy season.”
The DSIEC boss had earlier proposed N4.3 billion to conduct the election when he appeared before the state House of Assembly Committee on Establishment for budget defence, in January this year.
He said that the money would be used to provide safety and security measures for the commission’s personnel, sensitive and non-sensitive materials for the election, and for logistics, publicity and payment of ad hoc staff of the commission for the election, to be conducted in 466 wards and 3,625 polling units across the state.