By Anayo Okoli
UMUAHIA—THE Local Government election scheduled by the Abia State Electoral Commission, ABISIEC, to hold on Saturday, Decemebr 17, 2016 may be shifted after all.
The speculation to shift the polls followed appeals by most of the political parties billed to participate in the election.
The chairman of the commission, Justice Igbozuruike Akomas, retd, said his commission may consider the appeals by most of the parties which had through their different representatives asked for a shift in date to enable them prepare well for the election.
Speaking with newsmen shortly after a meeting between the Commission, political parties and stakeholders, Akomas said that the commission would go back and take a critical look at the appeals by the parties and come out with the next line of action.
The commission however announced that the fee for the chairmanship candidates would be N500,000, while that of the councilors will be the sum of N200,000, which he said would include the sum of N15,000 as an administrative fee.
“The administrative fee is to enable the commission provide the necessary logistics for the election. Our fees though moderate are in consonance with what obtains in other states of the federation,” he said.
“The council election is in line with the provision of the Abia state Local Government Law of 2002, Subsection 154 [f] and [g] which empowers the Commission to prescribe fees to be deposited by the
Chairmanship and Councillorship candidates.
“Be informed that no cash payment will be accepted by the Commission. Bank tellers must be presented from the approved banks as soon as payments are made to enable the Commission confirm such payments before final clearance is given and such candidates presented for screening”, the ABSIEC boss explained.
During the meeting some of the political parties like PPA, UPP, APGA, APC and others called for the shifted of the polls.