The Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission (ENSIEC) on Tuesday fixed Nov. 4 for local government elections in all the 17 council areas of the state.
The Chairman of ENSIEC, Dr Mike Ajogwu (SAN), disclosed this while outlining the comprehensive election timetable during a political stakeholders meeting in Enugu.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the election would be for the 17 chairmanship positions, as well as for the councillorships in each of the wards in the council areas.
Ajogwu said the electoral body is, by the announcement, issuing the mandatory 90 days notice to all political parties as part of the statutory requirement, as enshrined in the Constitution.
He gave the complete outline of the timetable as follows:
“Aug. 1: Public notice announcing the chairmanship and councillorship elections in all the local government councils in Enugu State.
“Sept. 4 to Sept.12: Political parties’ primaries geared towards the selection of candidates for elections. Parties are to prepare and submit to ENSIEC their timetable specifying times, days and venues for their primaries.
“Oct. 4: Lists of candidates nominated by political parties shall be forwarded to the headquarters of ENSIEC.
“Oct. 5 to Oct. 9: Councillorship candidates shall be screened at various local government headquarters, while chairmanship candidates shall be screened at ENSIEC headquarters.
“Oct. 16: Returning of lists of qualified and disqualified candidates on forms ENSIEC 3 and ENSIEC 4, for the chairmanship and councillorship elections, respectively, to the political parties.
“Oct. 17 to Oct. 19: Replacement of disqualified candidates by the affected political parties. Names of two party agents with photographs attached for each polling booth shall be forwarded to ENSIEC by political parties. Parties shall endorse the passport photographs.
“Nov. 4: Voter’s accreditation and voting by Open Ballot system from the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
“Dec. 2: Chairmanship and/or councillorship run-off elections, if need be.’’
The chairman, however, assured the stakeholders that ENSIEC would remain unbiased and neutral in the discharge of its duties.
“The Commission is not a political party, neither is it attached to any political party in Nigeria.
“Like it is named and called, it is independent and our duty as the operators of the system is to try as much as possible to be and to live in accordance with our name. That is to say, to be independent and to hold the stake as an umpire,’’ he added.
NAN reports that over 200 members of all political parties and stakeholders in the state attended the meeting.