EBSIEC officials sorting electoral materials at Onuofukwuru polling unit 013, in Uburu, Ohaozara LGA
The Ebonyi State Independent Electoral Commission (EBSIEC), on Saturday conducted local government area election to elect 13 council chairmen and 171 councillors across the state.
According to Mr Jossy Eze, the EBSIEC chairman, 13 registered political parties were taken part in election.
However, the All Progressives Congress (APC), which is the major opposition party boycotted the poll.
The poll which commenced around 9am was was however generally marred by voter another, low turnout of electorate in most parts of the state
Summitnews also recalled that Mr Eze Nwachukwu, APC state chairman had earlier in the year hinted that APC would not participate in the election.
He contended that the process leading to the conduct of the poll were not transparent and credible hence the party would not field candidates.
Meanwhile, Gov. Dave Umahi of Ebonyi who briefed journalists at his Onuofukwuru polling unit 013 in Umanaga described the election as peaceful and successful.
PDP chairmanship candidate for Afikpo South Council casting his ballot at Amaogbu Village Square 005
Umahi who voted around 2pm at his polling unit commended the state electoral commission for the credible and transparent conduct of the poll and expressed satisfaction at the turnout of electorate.
“We are happy with the peaceful conduct of the election and I want to commend the electorate for coming out to choose their next leaders at the grassroots.
“We commend EBSIEC for conducting peaceful, transparent and credible Poll,” Umahi said.
Meanwhile, Eni Uduma-Chima, the chairmanship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), in Afikpo South has described the turnout of voters in the council as impressive and demonstration of their faith in the democratic process at the grassroots.
Udumai-Chima who voted around 1pm at Amaogbu village Square 005 expressed optimism that PDP would sweep the poll due to the sterling performance of the current administration in the state led by Umahi.
He commended electorate in the area for coming out in their large numbers to vote in the election.
“I’m overwhelmed with the level of turnout by our people to participate in the election; it is a show of appreciation of the democracy dividends enjoyed by the people.
Voters at one of the polling units in Ekoli Edda in Afikpo South LGA
“Our people came back from Lagos, Portharcourt, Aba and other parts of the country to take part in the election; it is due to the trust they have in their political leaders because leadership is trust, ” he said.
Udumai-Chima who was seeking reelection expressed confidence that he would win adding his second term would be used to complete ongoing projects started in his first term.
The SummitNews reports that the Aug 29 council poll was earlier slated to hold in April but was postponed due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.