The Imo Electoral Commission made the announcement.
The Imo State Independent Electoral Commission said on Friday that local government elections in the state would hold on April 27.
The Commission’s Chairman, Teddy Akwari, stated this at a meeting with the chairmen of registered political parties in Owerri on Friday. The state chapter of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, CNPP, also attended the meeting.
Mr. Akwari said that election forms would be issued to candidates who had emerged winners in their party primaries. He said it is wrong to issue forms to several aspirants from one party as one person has to emerge from a party at the primaries.
The chairman pledged that the April election would be free and fair, adding that only those who got the people’s mandate would be the approved winners. He said that the development at the local government system in the state had been very slow due to lack of experienced leaders at that level and the commission had concluded arrangements with the Imo State University to train aspirants on leadership and wealth creation.
Mr. Akwari said the seven- week training would enable successful candidates to render quality services. He urged aspirants to participate in the training, saying that diplomas would be awarded at the end of the exercise.
He said all the parties that had been registered by the INEC would participate in the April election.
Responding, CNPP chairman Chinedu Ukadike urged the electoral commission to recognise all the political parties who showed interest in the election. He said that since the court had not decided on the deregistered parties, it would be unfair for ISIEC to bar them from the election.
All the political parties except the Peoples Democratic Party, All Nigeria Peoples Party, and All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, attended the meeting.
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