By Unue Emeka,
Delta Online Publishers Forum, (DOPF), has charge stakeholders to play by the rule governing electoral conduct of elections in the forthcoming Local Government Election billed for 6th of January, 2018.
In a press release signed by the Chairman the Forum, Mr Emmanuel Enebeli, and the Secretary, Mr Shedrack Onitsha, the forum reminded Deltans that elections are organised to advance legitimate leadership in the society, which is at improving the life of the people.
The Forum called on the electoral umpire, the Delta state Independent Electoral Commission, (DSIEC), to ensured that all political parties and candidates gets level playing ground in order for the election to be credible, free and fair.
“We call on the organisers 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 statement also called on parties, and the candidates to also conduct themselves in a manner that is worthy of those who are aspiring for leadership as councillors or Chairmen, as their actions or inactions will be used to ascertain their future behaviour if elected into the various positions come Saturday, just as it cautioned the followers and members of the different parties to avoid any action that will cause any breach of law and order in the state.
DOPF urged Deltans to take the LGA election seriously because it could be the yardstick for measuring the outcome of 2019 general election in the state, as such, parties should give it, their best shot.
“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.”
The statement further tasked the security agencies who would be on duty to ensure that there is security at the pooling units and the safety of voters ensured to enable them move from their homes to exercise their civic rights, and 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 a particular party. 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 promoting good governance and to inform the public through partnership with relevant organisation, will deploy its reporters to the field to ensure that Deltans are properly informed.