Abia LG polls: Political Parties Sign Peace Accord

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Ahead of the Local Government elections slated for Wednesday, December 21 in Abia State, political parties and stakeholders have signed a peace accord. This is to ensure a violent free election.

The local government election was originally scheduled to take place on Saturday, December 17, 2016. However, the electoral umpire, the Abia State Independent Electoral Commission (ABSIEC) was compelled to shift the council poll following series of complaints from opposition political parties under the umbrella of Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC)

The Abia State Independent Electoral commission, ABSIEC, had at several fora expressed its readiness to conduct the elections, while assuring every political party of a level playing ground.

In its determination of providing a conducive environment for the conduct of the elections, the Abia State Police Command held a security meeting where all the participating political parties signed a peace accord.

At the event, the Commission of Police, Abia State, Adeleye Oyebade said the police would deploy its personnel to all polling units and flashpoints.

This is aimed at ensuring the protection of election officials, materials and the electorates in all the seventeen local governments.

He said the purpose of the accord is to show that the parties would operate on the same page with the police.

Oyebade called on party leaders to ensure adherence by their members and supporters.


The Chairman, Abia State Independent Electoral Commission, (ABSIEC) Justice Akomas Igbozuruike said the commission had concluded the screening of the candidates and that the lists have been made available to all the political parties.

He said the parties have until December 15 to substitute their candidates if need be.

The ABSIEC boss assured of a level playing ground for all political parties but urged the parties to co-operate with the commission to achieve free, fair, transparent and credible polls.

The Local Government election is slated for Wednesday December 21, 2016.

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