Bayelsa state Independent Electoral Commission (BYSIEC) Tuesday issued certificates of return to eight elected local government area chairmen and 105 councillors.
They were elected in the council poll conducted on Saturday, August 10. The APC boycotted the election allegedly for irregularities.
Presenting the certificates at the commission’s secretariat in Yenagoa, the commission’s acting chairman, Mr Remember Ogbe, said the event was historic in the democratic transition of the state.
He commended the media, civil society organisations, election observers and Bayelsa people that contributed toward the success of the election.
Ogbe assured political actors that the commission would remain an impartial umpire in the discharge of its responsibilities.
In his remarks, the chairman- elect of Southern Ijaw local government area, Mr Nigeria Kia, commended BYSIEC for conducting free and fair election.
He expressed appreciation to the people of Southern Ijaw local government area for coming out en masse to exercise their franchise.
The chairman-elect pledged not to betray the confidence reposed in him by the people and called on all and sundry to join him in developing the local government.
According to Kia, it’s a government of consolidation, which he assured, would embrace everybody, and touch the lives of all communities across the local government.
“I am very happy with my vice and the 17 dogged councillors will show the way to lead the local government.
“It is said in the Bible, when the righteous rule the people rejoice and I guess I am the chosen one to bring more development to the area,” he added.
Speaking in the same vein, the chairman-elect of Nembe local government council, Mr Alalibo West, thanked Nembe people for electing him and pledged to bring dividends of democracy to the local government.
West reiterated that Bayelsa remained a PDP state and re-affirmed his commitment to deliver its local government for PDP come Nov 16 gubernatorial election.