Ugwuanyi charges ENSIEC on credible elections


Enugu State governor,  Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi,  has sworn in four State’s Electoral Commissioners  with a charge on  the Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission (ENSIEC) to conduct credible, free and fair local government chairmanship and councillorship elections across the 17 local governments and 260 electoral wards in the state .
The governor  said that their inauguration followed their nomination and subsequent confirmation by the State House of Assembly. He stated that the call for credible elections was consistent with his administration’s tradition of transparency, equity and fairness.
The newly sworn-in Electoral Commissioners are Mr. Solomon Ifechukwu Ude, Mrs. Anthonia Chinenyenwa Ogbu, Hon. Mrs. Theresa Egbo and Dr. Mrs. Bernadine Ezugwu.
The governor stated that pursuant to section 3, subsection 2, of the ENSIEC Law 2000, “the Commission shall consist of a Chief Electoral Commissioner, who shall be the Chairman and seven (7) other members to be known as Electoral Commissioners whereas section 11, subsection 4, provides that the quorum for meetings of the Commission shall be five (5)”.
He disclosed that the vacuum in the membership of the state electoral body was created following the death of Chief David O. Ngene, resignations of Hon. Samuel Okechukwu Ngene and Hon. Mrs. Jane Chinwendu Eneh who got elected to the State House of  Assembly and Engr. Dr. MaryRose Obiageli Abba, who got appointed as a Special Adviser to the  governor  respectively.
Governor Ugwuanyi added that the depletion in the ENSIEC membership made it impossible for the electoral body to form the needed quorum for a properly constituted meeting. He said that with the new members, “as we just witnessed, the Commission is now properly constituted and ready for the forthcoming Local Government elections, amongst its other related functions”. 
Gov. Ugwuanyi, who also swore in Barr. Chris Onyema Ezugwu as his Special Adviser, congratulated them for their new appointments wishing them God’s guidance in the discharge of their duties.
Responding on behalf of others, Mrs. Ezugwu thanked God and expressed gratitude to the governor for finding them worthy to serve the state.
She noted that their responsibilities were “very challenging”, require firm character, dedication and commitment, the new Electoral Commissioner assured the governor that they will put in their best to ensure credible electoral process in the state.


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