There are emerging indications that local government elections will soon be conducted in Bayelsa State. A complete team of commissioners for the state independent electoral commission is now in place.
Accordingly, the governor, Senator Douye Diri has urged them to ensure the conduct of credible poll to conduct free, fair and credible local government election that is acceptable to all political parties.
Diri gave the charge on Wednesday during the swearing-in of three BSIEC commissioners inside the Executive Council Chambers of Government House, Yenagoa.
The commissioners are Chief Remember Ogbe, Chief Amafini Zipadou and Marshall Abraham.They are all returning members of the commission. Senator Diri said in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah, that by their appointment, he had fulfilled the constitutional requirement of the electoral body.
He stated that he expects the commission to be a truly unbiased umpire that will not be influenced even by the state government.The governor noted that preparations for the next local government poll had started in earnest and urged the commission to conduct one of the best elections in the state.
According to the governor, “you are to conduct free, fair and credible local government election that will be acceptable to all political parties that are in contention.
“Earlier, we inaugurated this commission with the chairman and a few other members. You are all returning members and do not necessarily need to be told your duties. Importantly, you are arbiters and so you are not to take sides.”
Diri explained that re-appointment of the three members was based “on your sterling performance in the commission and I enjoin you to remain committed and be above board in discharging your duties.”