By Emma Amaize & Perez Brisibe
RIGHTS activist Mr. Oghenejabo Ikimi, yesterday, alleged that opposition parties in the state were scared to challenge the confused guidelines released by the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission, DSIEC, because they do not want to lose their yearly subvention from the State Government.
Ikimi, a Warri based lawyer, also took a swipe at the Conference of Registered Political Parties, a group of political parties that recently passed a vote of confidence on the electoral body describing it as “offensive brand of politics of the stomach capable of derailing true democracy at the grassroots.”
Noting the vote of confidence recently passed on DSIEC by the Conference of Registered Political Parties in the state ahead of polls, said, “For instance, a week to the Saturday, 6th January, 2018 Local Government Elections, there are no display of Voter Registers in any ward and local government area in the state.”
“For the above singular reason adduced above, the forthcoming local government polls are already ordained to be a sham, while opposition parties for the sake of not losing their yearly subvention from the state government are scared stiff to challenge the said guidelines released by DSIEC for the said poll.
“This is indeed a very sad commentary, as the registered political parties themselves are the only legal personalities that have the locus to challenge the above shambolic guidelines in court,” he declared. .
Ikimi asserted: “I describe the vote of confidence on DSIEC as an offensive brand of politics of the stomach capable of derailing true democracy at the grassroots.”
“It is public knowledge that DSIEC like other State Independent Electoral Commissions are under the control and supervision of their state governors, and as such do not have the capacity and audacity to conduct a credible, free and fair local government poll in the 25 local government council areas of the state come January 6th 2018.