The Chairman of the Imo State Independent Electoral Commission, Ethelbert Ibebuchi, has rendered an unreserved apology to the people of the state over the inability of the electoral umpire to conduct the local government and councillorship elections in seven years.
Ibebuchi, who tendered the apology while addressing critical stakeholders at the ISIEC headquarters in Owerri, the state capital, announced that LGAs and councillorship elections would hold on July 14.
He said, “ISIEC regrets that elections into the local government councils ought to have come before now.
“However, this couldn’t be on account of mounting challenges for which strenuous efforts have been deployed in order to put things right.”
Ibebuchi, who promised a peaceful, free and fair election, added, “Our democracy has come to stay and most of us will concur in the affirmative. For our democratic ethics, norms, and values to be sustained, the grassroots have critical roles to play.”