Uzodimma inaugurates ISIEC
By Our Reporter
Imo State governor, Hope Uzodimma has inaugurated the State Independent Electoral Commission (ISIEC), charging members to use their position to strengthen democracy at the grassroots.
He told the five-man body led by Mrs. Pauline Onyeka as chairman to go and strengthen the state electoral infrastructure that will conduct and produce credible elections in the state both now and in the future.
Performing the inauguration at the Sam Mbakwe Executive Chambers, Government House, Owerri, recently, Governor Uzodimma said the new ISIEC is expected to “produce chairmen and councilors with political integrity, strong in character irrespective of political party, local government area or council.”
He harped on the need for credible and reliable data for future elections and other statistical needs of the state, especially as it relates to population.
The governor assured them of government’s support in funding and other logistics that would help them to produce credible and consistent elections that will stand the test of time, enjoining them to discharge their duties without fear or favour.
“If we don’t strengthen the democratic system at the LGA level, the political system will continue to be confronted with challenges in the state,” the governor noted.
In her acceptance speech, the chairman of the commission, Mrs. Onyeka promised, on behalf of her members, to put in their best and asked for the prayers of the people of the state to enable them succeed.
She eulogised the governor for being gender sensitive, noting that the state is the first to have a woman as the chairman of such a commission.
Mrs. Onyeka promised not to disappoint the governor and the entire people of the state.
The Deputy Governor of the state, Prof. Placid Njoku; the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Chiji Collins; his deputy, Amara Iwuanyanwu; and other members of the State Executive Council witnessed the swearing-in.