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Abia State releases date for conduction of council polls


Abia State Independent Electoral Commission (ABSIEC)  said it has scheduled local government election for  Saturday, December 17, 2016.

This decision followed last week’s directive by the state government after its executive council  meeting   directing  the state Independent Electoral Commission to organise election into the 17 local government areas.

Announcing the date, the Chairman of the commission, Justice Igbozuruike Akomas, notified the public that elections would hold into the 17 chairmanship seats and 292 councillorship seats on Saturday, December 17, 2016.

He  said “the development is in exercise of the powers conferred on the commission by Part 11, Third Schedule, Section 4, Sub-section (a) and (b) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and pursuant to the Fifth Schedule, Section 160 of Abia State Local Government Law No. 9 of 2002.”

Justice Akomas, urged interested candidates of political parties wishing to participate in the said election to obtain nomination forms from the headquarters of the commission “not later than October 14, 2016.”

He also said the details of the planned polls would be made available to all the parties concerned soon.

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