Play by the rule, DOPF charges actors on Jan 6 local polls
ASABA/Nigeria: All players on the forthcoming Delta State Local Government Election coming up on the 6th of January, 2018 have been charged to play according to the electoral laws governing the conduct of elections in the State.
A Release signed by the Chairman of the Delta Online Publishers Forum, (DOPF), Mr Emmanuel Enebeli, and the Secretary, Mr Shedrack Onitsha, reminded Deltans that elections are organized to advance legitimate leadership in the society, aimed at attracting development.
The Release called on the chief umpire of the election, the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission, (DESIEC), to ensure that all political parties and candidates get equal treatment and a level playing field in the election.
“We call on the organizers of the Saturday January 6th, 2018 Local Government Election, the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission, DESIEC, to give equal, unhindered attention to all parties and candidates. This is the only avenue to measure how free and fair the election will be judged”. The Release said.
The statement also called on all the parties their candidates to also conduct themselves in a manner that is worthy of those who are aspiring for leadership either as Councilors or Chairmen, as their actions or inactions will be used to ascertain their future behaviour if elected into the various positions come Saturday.
DOPF cautioned the followers and members of the different parties to avoid any action that will cause any breach of peace and violation of law and order in the State.
DOPF reminded Deltans of the thinking of many in the state, who believe that the outcome of Saturday’s election, will determine the outcome of future elections, especially the 2019, general election.
“All Deltans should take the election serious, as the outcome of the election, according to many political commentators will shape future elections in the state, especially that of 2019. We want that future to be a positive one, with human face development programs that will uplift our people and communities.”
The statement further reminded the security services of their duty to ensure safety at the pooling units and for voters as they move from their homes to exercise their civic rights stressing that the security operatives should not in any way be partial, or harass the people who will be legitimately carrying out their civic duty.
“We also call on the various security services to ensure that the people are not harassed as they go to cast their votes, or harassed because they belong to different camp. It is your responsibilities to ensure the safety of all.”
The Release further stated that Delta Online Publishers Forum, in line with is objective of promotion of good governance and to inform the public through partnership with relevant organizations, will deploy its reporters to the field to ensure that Deltans are properly informed