The Chairman and Members of the newly constituted Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC) have been charged to conduct the forth coming Local Government election in the State in a fair, free, credible and transparent manner that will further entrench democracy in the country.
The State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Peter Mrakpor gave the charge when he received the Chairman of the State Electoral Commission, Chief Michael Ogbodu who led other Members of the Commission on a courtesy visit to his office on Wednesday October 25, 2017 in Asaba.
Mr. Peter Mrakpor who expressed confidence that with the calibre of persons appointed into the newly constituted DSIEC, a level playing ground would be provided for all parties to participate in the forth-coming local government election. He debunked insinuations in some quarters that the Local Government election already fixed for January 6, by the Electoral Body would be manipulated in favour of the ruling party in the State.
The Attorney-General while congratulating the Chairman and DSIEC Commissioners for their appointment, reminded them of the complex political nature of the state and explained that the level of political awareness of an average Deltan was at its peak which he said will exact pressure on the Electoral Umpire to conduct an election that would be adjudged as free, fair, credible and transparent with less tribunal cases.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman of the State Independent Electoral Commission, Chief Michael Ogbodu said the visit was to solicit for the technical support from the Office of the Attorney-General as the Chief Law Officer of the State and a think tank as far as the laws of the state are concerned.
The DSIEC boss while informing the Attorney-General of the date for the conduct of local government election in the state, also stated that the Commission has already rolled out the guidelines for the elections. The Chairman further said that the Ministry of Justice was strategic to its operations in ensuring that they operate within the ambit of the law.