After about six years of using Transition Committee chairmen in the administration of local government councils, the Abia State government has decided to conduct election into local government councils this year.
The Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Comrade Bonnie Iwuoha who disclosed this during the weekly Exco Briefing in Umuahia, said that Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has given directive to the Abia State Independent Electoral Commission (ABSIEC) to conduct elections in to the 17 local government councils in the state before the end of the year.
He said that decision was taken after due “consideration on the implication, effects and consequences” of holding the election.
The commissioner added that the Ikpeazu administration was determined to do things the right way not withstanding the circumstances the country had found itself economically.
It would be recalled that the last local government election in the state was held in January 2008 during the first term of the administration of Governor Theodore Orji . They served out their two year term in 2010 and since then there has been no other election in to the councils.
The commissioner also disclosed that the government has requested the chairman of ABSIEC Justice Igbozuruike Akomas (rtd) to announce the date and and time table for the election.