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ENSIEC clears candidates for November four Enugu council poll

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The Enugu State Independent National Electoral Commission (ENSIEC) yesterday declared that it had cleared candidates of all political parties for the November 4 council election in the state.

The council poll is expected to hold across the 17 councils and the 260 wards for the chairmanship and councillorship positions.

It earlier disqualified some of the candidates for non-possession of tax clearance certificate, non-possession of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) and failure of some of the candidates to attend screening earlier organised by the commission.

Opposition political parties in the state had risen against the commission with calls for the dissolution of the board following the disqualification of the candidates for the election.

They also threatened legal action to stop the election after submitting protest letters to the commission last week.

However, in a statement by the ENSIEC Secretary, Tagbo Nnamah, he said all the candidates whose names were submitted within the stipulated time had been cleared to stand for the election.

Meanwhile, political parties contesting the November 4 council election have been urged to give room for participatory governance and for democracy to flourish at the council level.

Executive Director of Hope Givers Initiative (HGI), a non-governmental organisation (NGO) working with Christian aid on the Voice to the People Project (V2P), Onyeka Okey Udegbulam, stated this in Enugu at an interaction forum held for representatives of the 41 communities
in Nkanu West and candidates in the election.

Udegbulam said gone were the days in the country’s democracy when the people were kept in the dark about government activities, stressing that regular town hall meetings to feel the pulse of the people was necessary for any administration to succeed.


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