Assembly dissolves Delta Electoral Commission Board

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Sherif Oborevwori, Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly

The Board of the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission, DSIEC has been dissolved by two third majority of the Delta State House of Assembly.

The dissolution followed a motion brought under matters of urgent public importance by the majority leader of the house, Hon Tim Owhefere, seconded by Hon Samuel Mariere, Ughelli North One and was unanimously adopted.

Hon Owhefere in the motion said the dissolution was due to the exigencies of the nation’s fast moving democracy and the need for the state to move in tandem with world best practices in electoral process.

He stated that Delta State Independent Electoral Commission be now dissolved in line with section seven, sub section one of the DSIEC law 2012.

The Majority Leader explained further that the development was necessitated by noticeable defects and shortcomings in the electoral process as a result of the law establishing the DSIEC which is currently before the house for amendment.

Hon Owhefere said the dissolution will enable the house work on the proposed new DSIEC law that would enhance the electoral process in the state.

In his contribution, the member representing Warri South Two Constituency, Hon Dennis Omovie said the constitutional requirement to dissolve the DSIEC board is two third Majority and stressed the need for due process to be followed.

Following the submission, the Speaker, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori called for voting by members who immediately filed out to the Clerk’s table to append their signatures against their names for or against the dissolution of the DSIEC board.

Announcing the result of the voting, the Clerk of the house, Mrs Lyna Ocholor said twenty members voted for the dissolution while eight member were absent and nobody voted against.

The Speaker said in line with Section Seven, sub section one of the law setting up DSIEC the board now stand dissolved having fulfilled the two third requirement by the House for the dissolution and called on the State Governor Senator Ifeanyi Okowa to immediately act on the house resolution.

Also at plenary the House received a bill for a law to amend the Delta State Local Government Law of 2013.

The executive bill was contained in a letter to the House by Governor Okowa and read by the Speaker Honourable Sheriff Oborevwori.

According to the letter the sections to be amended are sections 96 to 138 and 140 in the principal law.

The Majority Leader Honourable Tim Owhefere moved for the House to receive the letter for further consideration and was seconded by the Deputy Majority Leader Honourable Oboro Preyor and adopted.

The House has adjourned plenary to Wednesday 6 September 2017.

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