The Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC) has announced that preparations are underway to conduct local government elections in the state.

This announcement, which came in a public notice was issued by the Chairman and Chief Electoral Commissioner, Justice Adolphus Enebeli (retd.).

Rivers Electoral Commission Begins Preparation For LG Elections

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The announcement follows closely on the heels of remarks by the State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara.

It was after swearing in the caretaker committee chairmen for the 23 local government councils.

That was when Fubara emphasized the short tenure of their appointments.

Crisis In Rivers 

In his words: “Let me also sound it very clear here that your tenures are not going to be too long.

“As a matter of fact, before the end of today (Wednesday) or tomorrow (Thursday).

There should be a process for the commencement of elective local government chairmen in our dear state.”

The need for swift electoral preparations was underscored by the expiry of the elected chairmen and councillors’ tenures on Monday.

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This incited a three-day crisis across the state.

The unrest echoes the urgent need for stable governance through duly elected local officials.

Chairman Enebeli has called for a significant meeting with political parties and other stakeholders.

The Meeting 

The meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 1, 2024, at 10 AM.

It will hold at the RSIEC Headquarters along Aba Road in Port Harcourt.

In that meeting, the timetable and guidelines for the 2024 Local Government Elections in the state will be released.

Enebeli’s invitation extends to leaders of all registered political parties, traditional rulers, security agencies, religious organizations, and the media.

This inclusive approach aims to ensure that all relevant parties are involved in the planning process.

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This will foster a transparent and collaborative environment for the upcoming elections.

The Notice 

The notice reads: “The Chairman of the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission, Justice Adolphus Enebell, hereby invites:

“Leaders of all registered Political Parties, Traditional Rulers, Security Agencies, Religious Organizations, The Media, Professional Organizations, Civil Society Groups, Non-Governmental Organizations Community Based Groups and the Electorate to a general stakeholders meeting.

“The meeting will hold on Monday, July 1, 2024 at the RSIEC Headquarters, 239-243 Aba Road, Port Harcourt by 10.00 am prompt.

“The highlight of the meeting will be the unveiling of the timetable and guidelines for the 2024 Local Government Elections in the State.
All concerned should be seated at the RSIEC Auditorium by 09:45 am, please.”

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