By Patrick Ogbogu
There are clear indications that the Delta State Government will soon release the guideline to conduct the much awaited local government elections following the dissolution of the Moses Ogbe-led Board of the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC) citing defects and shortcomings in the law establishing the commission.The dissolution followed a motion brought under matters of urgent public importance by the Majority Leader of the State House of Assembly, Hon.Tim Owhefere,seconded by the member representing Ughelli North 1 constituency, Hon. Samuel Mariere,and was unanimously adopted.Hon.Owhefere in the motion said “due to the exigencies of the nation’s fast moving democracy,the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission be now dissolved in line with section 7(1) of the DSIEC law 2012”.
He stated that the development became necessary by noticeable defects and shortcomings in the electoral process as a result of the law establishing the commission which need to be amended.Owhefere further stated that the dissolution will enable the house to work on proposed DSIEC law that would enhance the electoral process in the state.The member representing Warri South 2 Constituency,Hon. Dennis Omovie however advised the House to follow due process in dissolving the said board, pointing out that the constitutional requirement to dissolve the DSIEC board is two third majority.The Speaker,Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori JP MNIM who presided over plenary called for voting by members who soon filed out to the Clerk’s table to append their signatures either for or against the dissolution of the DSIEC board.
At the end of the brief voting,20 members voted for the dissolution of the DSIEC Board while 8 members were absent and nobody voted against.Consequently,the Speaker while citing Section 7(1) of the law setting up DSIEC,in which two third requirements of the House was fulfilled, summarily announced the dissolution of the said board and called on Gov Ifeanyi Okowa to officially dissolve the DSIEC board.Also at plenary the House received an executive bill from Gov Okowa seeking to amend the Delta State Local Government Law,2013.According to the governor,the sections to be amended are sections 96 to 138 and 140.The Majority Leader Hon.Tim Owhefere moved the House to receive the letter for further consideration, seconded by the Deputy Majority Leader Hon. Oboro Preyor and adopted.The House adjourned plenary to Wednesday September 6, 2017.