The newly constituted Imo State Independent Electoral Commission (ISIEC) headed by Hon. Julius Onyenecheya, has announced that it shall, with effect from Monday, July 29, 2019, commence review of the delineation of every local government area in Imo State into electoral wards for the purpose of the proposed forthcoming 2019 local government election. The election according to Governor Emeka Ihedioha, has been fixed for December 2019, and the ISIEC, Management and Director were mandated at inauguration to work out a feasible time table with the participating political parties in the state.
A release from the commission yesterday explained that the new delineation exercise is in pursuance to section 9 (1) (4) of the Imo State Independent Electoral Commission law No 4 of 2000 and 2015 as amended and section 18 (4) of the Imo State Local Government Administration law No 15, as amended and all other powers connected there to.
According to the release, all existing ISIEC wards (as at 2004) and communities that wish to be so delineated as ISIEC electoral wards must satisfy with poof, some listed conditions which include evidence of emerging communities with a minimum population of 5,000 persons and with minimum registered 3,000 voters showing evidence of cultural and ancestral affinity.
The intending community should show evidence of the presence of public school or any other public institution, religious worship, functional markets, evidence of existing five polling units with a sketch map showing INEC registration, ISIEC ward and the proposed ISIEC ward.
The release stated that submission of applications and relevant document will begin on Monday, July 29, 2019, to end on Friday, August 3, 2019, while consideration and review exercise, will start on August 5, to end on Friday, August 23, 2019.