For the first time, I witnessed all the participants in a recently held Delta state Local Council polls ( winners and losers) alike, went home cold in smiles after the results were announced on Sunday 7th January 2018 by the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC). The reason for this odd reaction is simple. While the losers bemoaned their fate in their sorrows and their hardships, the winners on the other hands, suddenly discovered that they won the ballot boxes and the polling units without winning the votes, consciences or enjoy the support of the majority of Deltans. A development that made a feeling of guilt to descend like a pillar of cloud; adding to their moral burden, dividing their peace, subtracting their inner joy while leaving their worries multiplied, m
Hundreds of protesting members of Delta State All Progressives Congress, (APC), mainly women on Wednesday, shut down activities at Okpe Local Government Secretariat, of the state, denouncing results released by the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission, DSIEC, on the council elections in the area. The protesters who stormed the council which is also the council of the Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly, Chief Sherriff Oborevwori, with a casket, said they were disappointed that DSIEC could go ahead to pronounce the PDP chairmanship candidate in the council, Chief Jessa Scot, winner of the election when it was allegedly clear that the APC swept the polls in several of the wards in the council. The protesting women, according Vanguard report said they wo
Warri-based human rights lawyer and Executive Director Centres for Vulnerable and Under Privileges, Oghenejabor Ikimi has described the just concluded local government elections conducted by Delta State Independent Electoral Commission, (DSIEC) as the worst in the history of the state. Ikimi stated this in a press statement made available to BigPen Online on Tuesday, condemning the election as a monumental fraud against the people at the grassroots in the 25 Local Government Areas of the State. The statement titled "DSIEC You Are Shameless", Ikimi noted that it is public knowledge that DSIEC despite her assurances to Deltans to conduct a peaceful, credible, free and fair election, actually staged managed a coup d’etat against the people at the grassroots level. Accor
The Delta State Police Command has ordered the restriction of vehicular movement in Ughelli North and Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta state from 6am to 3pm. Recall that DSIEC had rescheduled the elections of the two local government council over violence which marred the electoral exercise in the area. The decision has been taken in the overall interest of peace and safety before, during and after the elections, State Police spokesman, Andrew Aniamaka said in a statement on Monday. While regretting the inconveniences the restriction order might cause commuters using the affected routes, he said adding that the Command enjoins them to take alternative routes. He also call on politicians and their supporters in the areas to conduct themselves peacefully
The Delta state Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC) has taken side with ruling party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), claiming that All Progressive Congress (APC) was not prepare for local government election hence it was defeated. BigPen Online had reported that State Chairman of the APC, Jones Erue, described the conduct and subsequent results as a total sham, alleging that the elections were conducted without substantial compliance with relevant laws. He said: “This election was conducted in substantial non-compliance with the provisions set out in the DSIEC Law 2017 for the following reasons. “Sensitive election materials were not delivered as expected to most of the polling units where the actual elections were due to take place. “Where materials were even d
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta state dismissed widespread claims that the local government councils was a sham. The party in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Ifeanyi Michael Osuoza, said "we have read with a huge sense of amusement, the spurious, unfounded and even in some reports, utterly nonsensical rantings of some identified chieftains of the All Progressives Congress, APC over the January 6, 2018 Delta State Local Government elections. "To us, these comments are nothing more than the typical whining and bellyaching always expected from sore losers, as a diversionary ploy and smokescreen to cover up their obviously pathetic lack of preparation for the Delta Council polls. "We are extremely disappointed but not particularly surprised with the c...
The Delta Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC) has announced postponement of Ughelli North and Ethiope East elections. DSIEC chairman Barr. Mike Ogbodu on Sunday said the Ughelli North and Ethiope East elections will now hold Tuesday 9th January 2018. DSIEC had earlier announced result for 22 council won by Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), declaring that APC won 1 councillorship position in Aniocha North ward 2.
The ruling, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has won 22 local government councils in the result released by the Delta state Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC) on Sunday. Ogbodu said elections could not hold in the two councils of Ughelli North where DSIEC office was set on fire by arms-wielding political thugs, and Ethiope East as a result of widespread violence. He said the election in the two councils would hold on Tuesday. The DSIEC chairman however noted that the result for Ika South could not be declared due to the absence of the returning officer, whom he said was indisposed. Ogbodu said PDP clinched 424 councillorship seats, while APC won in only ward 02 of Aniocha North Local Government Area. “In accordance with Section 46(1) of DSIEC Law, 2017, 59 councilors
The Delta State local government elections holding across the 25 council area of the state this Saturday has kicked off in a violent note. Report reacting BigPen Online says Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC) office has been razed down in Ughelli, Ughelli North local government area of the state. Local sources from the area told BigPen Online that some unknown gunmen invaded the secretarial and set fire on it while distribution of electoral materials was still ongoing about 8:30am. The source said many persons were injured during the attack including journalists who were at the secretarial to cover the distribution of materials.
The Delta Online Publishers Forum, (DOPF) has challenged the Delta state Independent Electoral Commission, (DSIEC), to ensure that the Saturday January 6, local government elections is free from any form of electoral malpractices. DOPF also called on all gladiators in the election to play according to the electoral laws governing the conduct of elections in the state. In a press release signed by its Chairman, Mr Emmanuel Enebeli, and the Secretary, Mr Shedrack Onitsha, respectively, the forum reminded Deltans that elections are organised to advance legitimate leadership in the society, which is geared at attracting allforms of positive development. The statement called on the chief umpire of the election, the Delta state Independent Electoral Commission, (DSIEC), to