The Delta State Electoral Bill, 2017 passed second reading at today’s plenary following a motion moved by the Leader of the House, Hon. Barr. Tim Owhefere and seconded by the
Deputy Majority Leader, Hon. (Engr.) Kenneth Oboro Preyor.
Leading the debate, the leader of the House, who listed the merits of the bill, he noted that the new bill when passed will position the Delta State Electoral Commission as an
independent corporate personality devoid of external influence for free, fair, transparent and credible Local Goverment elections.
He cited that the new Bill make provision for a minimum of two representatives as Independent Electoral Commissioners for each senatorial district as against one in the old
Speaking in support of the Bill, the Honourable member representing the good people of Ika North East, Hon . Anthony Emeka Elekeokwuri, cited Section 22 which provides for a minimum of 21 years for Councillorship and 30 years for Chairmanship and V/Chairmanship postions, he noted that the new bill is inline with the present youths agitation ” NOT TOO YOUNG TO LEAD “going on in the nation as it clearly made provision for the youths to go for the various elective position at the LGA.
He also cited Section 33 which made provision for a minimum of 30 days notification prior to the commencement of any election and 14 days in case of Bye-election, he further stated that Section 38 prohibits substitution candidates by political party onces the list are submitted to the electoral body except on grounds of death or withdrawal of candidate.
The legislator, also drew attention to Section 98 of the bill, which makes provision for punishment for persons who help a political party to engage in thuggery for any political
purpose as such person shall if convicted liable to a maximum fine of one million naira or sentenced to 3 years imprisonment or both, he argued that the new bill prohibits electoral mis-conduct for a free, fair and credible elections.
He equally pointed out that under the new bill, any person proven to be a member of any secret society shall not be eligible to contest for any elective position.