By Carol V. Utulu
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday in Asaba gained 23 out of the 25 native authorities areas of Delta in Saturday’s council elections throughout the state.
Chairman of Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC), Mr Mike Ogbodu, gave the small print when he introduced the outcomes on Sunday in Asaba.
He mentioned that PDP gained the chairmanship elections in 23 native authorities areas.
According to him, elections have been postponed in Ethiope East and Ughelli North areas because of studies of violence which has resulted within the burning of the DSIEC workplace in Ughelli.
He mentioned elections within the two council areas can be held on Jan. 9, 2018.
“Following the completion of collation and counting of outcomes from the chairmanship and councillorship elections held final Saturday throughout the state, I want to announce that the PDP gained the chairmanship elections in 23 native authorities areas.
“Election in Ethiope East and Ughelli North had been postponed because of studies of hostility that had been deemed not appropriate for the conduct of elections.
“However, the commission wishes to announce that chairmanship and councillorship elections in the two local councils will now hold on Tuesday, January 9, 2018,” Ogbodu mentioned.
Ogbodu mentioned that the PDP additionally gained 424 councillorship seats throughout the state, including that 59 councillorship candidates of the PDP had been returned unopposed.
He, nevertheless, disclosed that councillorship elections may additionally not maintain in Ward 2 and Ward four in Oshimili North native authorities space.
He mentioned elections couldn’t maintain in these wards on account of a court docket order restraining the conduct of elections there.
According to him, the primary opposition occasion within the state, the All Progressives Congress (APC) gained one councillorship seat in Ward 2, Aniocha North native authorities space.
However, the APC within the state has kicked towards the train, describing the conduct and subsequent outcomes as an enormous sham.
State Chairman of the APC, Mr Jones Erue, expressed the occasion’s place in a press release made obtainable to newsmen on Sunday in Asaba.
He additionally alleged that the elections had been performed with out substantial compliance with related legal guidelines.
“This election was performed in substantial non-compliance with the provisions set out within the DSIEC Law 2017 for the next causes.
“Sensitive election supplies weren’t delivered as anticipated to many of the polling models the place the precise elections had been because of happen.
“Where supplies had been even delivered, they didn’t arrive on time as most had been hijacked and re-directed alongside the best way.
“It was noticed upon an in depth examination that the outcome sheets didn’t accompany the supplies in many of the native authorities areas.
“Even the place outcome sheets had been produced, they had been in sharp distinction with the samples that had been introduced to our occasion officers through the DSIEC coaching train, and so had been pretend.
“Many Returning Officers weren’t on the Polling Units to conduct the elections nor to announce the end result.
“For example, a DSIEC Returning Officer at Ozoro in Isoko North Local Government Area was arrested in Ozoro, facilitating illegal thumb-printing of votes,” Erue mentioned.
Erue additionally alleged that the election was marred by violence in numerous council areas and wards the place election was because of happen.
He mentioned that the burning of DSIEC Office in Ughelli was a transparent testimony to his claims.
He additionally mentioned the APC in Delta was not shocked by the end result of the election.
Erue mentioned the occasion had issued a notice of warning beforehand, warning concerning the potential for lively connivance between DSIEC and PDP officers or brokers.
He mentioned that the occasion would formally convey a report of its observations and findings through the election to DSIEC within the days to come back.
“We hope that they will listen to the voice of reason as Deltans have spoken loudly enough,” Erue mentioned.
In one other response, DSIEC Director of Public Affairs and Communication, Mr Arubi Orugboh, dismissed the accusations of the APC.
He described the occasion’s observations as blatant lies designed to discredit the picture of the fee.
“These cries and allegations are normally regular in an election, particularly when a celebration has misplaced out woefully. It shouldn’t be a brand new factor.
“If you adopted this election very properly, you’ll agree with me that the APC shouldn’t be on floor even through the marketing campaign earlier than the elections.
“The allegations that DSIEC colluded with the PDP to divert electoral supplies are completely false and may by no means maintain water.
“Non-sensitive materials were dully dispatched to every ward across the state before the election day; so also, on election day, we delivered sensitive materials accompanied by security agents.”
Orugboh enjoined the folks of the state to ignore the cries and allegations of the APC and settle for the results of the election because the want of the citizens of the state.