Rivers: RSIEC announces October 5 for LG elections 

The Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC) as fixed October 5, 2024 for the conduct of Local Government Areas (LGAs) election in the state.

RSIEC chairman, Justice Adolphus Enebeli (rtd), disclosed this during a stakeholders meeting in Port Harcourt on Monday.

Enebeli told the stakeholders that the planned conduct of the LGA elections followed the tenure end of the immediate past chairmen in the 23 council areas.

He said, “The commission therefore made the following. There shall be local government council elections on Saturday, the 5th of October, 2024, in all the 23 local government areas in the state.

“One Councillor shall be elected in each Ward. The Chairman and Vice Chairman shall be elected for each of the local government areas.”

The RSIEC boss appealed to political parties wishing to take part in the elections to play by the rules to ensure a hitch-free process.

He added, “We enjoin all stakeholders here present to partner with the commission in this onerous task. In some countries of the world, people are not required to vote because there are no elections.

“In other countries, people are fighting and dying simply for the right to vote in free and fair elections. And here we are in this country where we have the right and freedom to vote. But sometimes there is a apart due to lack of voter and civic education.”

Our correspondent reports that stakeholders at the meeting encouraged the commission to ensure a level playing ground for all political parties.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Bar Association, Port Harcourt Branch has expressed its readiness to partner with the state electoral umpire in ensuring a successful local government elections.

The newly elected Chairman of the NBA, Port Harcourt Branch, Cordelia Eke, gave the assurance while speaking at the meeting.

Eke commended the Rivers State Government for taking the bold step to conduct the elections.

She said, “As you all know, the Nigerian Bar Association is set up to stand for upholding the of law. And we are therefore happy to be associated with any activity that has to do with the rule of law; and the peace, unity and development of the society.

“We are happy to partner with the government in this particular process. And we want to encourage all stakeholders to abide by the rules that have just been unveiled and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which guides our conduct as citizens of the country. ”