Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State has described the process of establishing the state Independent Electoral Commission, DSIEC as “very challenging,” attributing it to the delay in conducting the much-awaited local government elections in the state.
Fielding questions on a phone-in programme on television in Asaba, the governor said: “The process of putting up the commission has been challenging because when we sent the list of members of the commission to the state House of Assembly, the Assembly said one of the members was less than 40 years.
“But some people in the nominee local government area are opposed to the provision and they argued that the Nigerian constitution says if a person is above 30 years, the person can occupy that position and one of our sons took us to court. So we had to deal with it.
“We called him and said this is an issue that we can resolve in-house. I want to thank him because he has withdrawn the case from the court.”
“We are dealing with it in-house and we have sent fresh names to the state House of Assembly. I am expecting that once they (House) approve the list, I will swear in members and we will fix a date for the council elections.”