1 The Ebonyi State Independent Electoral Commisson has described the voter turnout at the July 30 Local Goverment (LG) Elections in the state as impressive.
2 The Chairman of the commisson, Mr Jossy Eze, said this on Thursday in Abakaliki, while presenting the Certificates of Return to the Chairmen-and-Councillors-Elect.
3 According to Eze, contrary to the report in a section of the media that the exercise was marred by voter apathy, the figures from the polls suggest that the turnout was impressive.
4 “It showed that the electorate are presently enlightened and know what they want.
5 “The electorate presently know the need to exercise their franchise to elect people they want and who would work for them,” he said.
6 The EBSIEC boss advised the elected officials to be magnanimous in victory toward their opponents in the polls.
7 “You should not see them as adversaries but partners in the desire to make the grassroots more viable.
8 “The way you handle affairs in your various areas would help to ensure effective representation of your councils,” he said.
9 He commended various stakeholders that contributed to the success of the exercise.
10 He said that the commission had been re-invigorated for effective service delivery.
11 Responding on behalf of others, the Ivo Chairman-Elect, Mr Emmanuel Ajah, thanked his people for electing him.
12 Ajah promised that he would reciprocate the gesture by working hard to improve their wellbeing.
13 “I especially thank the youths for their unflinching support all through the electioneering.
14 “I promise that with other stakeholders, we shall move our council forward,” he said.
15 The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that APC clinched all the 13 Chairmanship and 171 Councillorship positions during the polls.
16 The election produced one Chairperson, Mrs Euphemia Nwali, for Ezza South LG.
17 The other Chairmen included Mr Ebere Nwogba (Abakaliki), Chidiebere Uzor (Onicha) and Chinedu Uburu (Ebonyi).
18 Others were Mr Chinonso Ajah (Ohaozara), Nnajiofor Ibiam (Afikpo North), Chima Ekuma-Nkama (Afikpo South), John Onwe (Ishielu), Stephen Nwankpa (Izzi) and Ajah (Ivo).
19 The rest included Mr Ikechukwu Odono (Ohaukwu), Sunday Nwankwo (Ikwo) and Chief Moses Nome (Ezza North).
20 NewsSourceCredit: NAN