The Imo State government has made known its readiness to conduct local government election in the state, in a press release signed by the chief press secretary to the governor, Sam Onwuemeodo stated that the Imo people will be electing chairmen for the 27 local government areas in the State and about 645 councillors, in the local government election slated for Saturday, August 25, 2018 and to be conducted by the State Independent Electoral Commission (ISIEC).
“In line with the vision of governor Rochas Okorocha and policy of the state government to take government to the communities, the State House of Assembly enacted a law that has warranted every autonomous community to elect a councillor, with the state now having about 645 autonomous communities.” “The governor has always believed that government should be taken to the people at the grassroots which had also occasioned his administration to come up earlier with the idea of Community Government Council (CGC) which has also transformed
most of the communities in terms of development. And having seen the great impact of the CGC in the communities, an executive bill was sent to the State House of Assembly for a law that would enable autonomous communities to elect their councillors and the councillors will be the link between the government at all levels in the state and the individual communities for development,” he stated. While stressing that the councilors will also be working hand-inglove with their respective traditional rulers for the development or progress of the autonomous communities involved. “The governor has urged the Imo electorate to vote for the chairmanship and councillorship candidates of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election since the APC government has done very well for the seven years it has held sway in the state. The governor also called for peaceful conducts on the sides of the political parties and candidates taking part in the election, while ISIEC should ensure free and fair election.