By Nick Chibunna
The Imo State Independent Electoral Commission (ISIEC) has said that the planned local government elections in the state will hold.
This was to douse the impression at certain quarters that the proposed election was a charade.
Speaking to newsmen at the ISIEC headquarters in Owerri, recently, the Voters Education Officer and Public Relations Officer of ISIEC, Mr. Okechukwu Egwumba, declared that the elections would hold as proposed.
According to him, necessary arrangements are being put in place for a smooth local government elections.
Egwumba said that as soon as the arrangements where concluded, the public would be notified of the election date.
On whether the recent appointment of the sole administrators was ploy to stifle the exercise, the VEO/PRO said that it was an indication that the exercise would take place since SOLADSs are not on permanent assignment.
The secretary of the commission, Mrs. Oby Okwesiri, also confirmed that as soon as all the arrangements for a smooth local government elections were concluded, the general public would be notified.
Christian Voice checks revealed that the people of Imo State feel that the elections were overdue and if not held soon enough, could signal the collapse of the local government system.
Sir Emma Opara, a retired civil servant, told our correspondent that “ nothing is happening in the local government areas, no access roads, despite claims by various levels of government that all is well.
“Education and health institutes are in shambles, agriculture has been relegated. The election should take place so that credible persons would be elected to run the councils”, he said.
He condemned the use of sole administrators, saying that it could result in the overall demise of the LG system.