The Ebonyi State Independent Electoral Commission on Saturday conducted local government poll to elect 13 chairmen and 171 councillors across the state .
According to the Chairman of EBSIEC , Mr. Jossy Eze , 13 registered political parties took part in the exercise .
However, the All Progressives Congress, which is the major opposition party in the state , boycotted the poll .
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that state chairman of APC , Mr. Eze Nwachukwu , had , earlier in the year , hinted that APC would not participate in the poll .
He contended that the process leading to the exercise was not transparent or credible , hence the party would not field candidates.
NAN reports that the poll , which commenced around 9 am, was marred by voter apathy in most parts of the state .
Governor Dave Umahi , who spoke with newsmen after casting his vote around 2 pm at his Onuofukwuru polling unit 013 in Umanaga , Uburu, described the election as peaceful and successful.
Umahi commended the electoral commission for the credible and transparent conduct of the poll and expressed satisfaction with voter turnout.
“ We are happy with the peaceful conduct of the election and I want to commend the electorate for coming out to choose their next leaders at the grassroots.
“ We commend EBSIEC for conducting a peaceful, transparent and credible poll ,” the governor said.
The chairmanship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, in Afikpo South , Eni Uduma -Chima , described the turnout of voters in the area as impressive.He said the development was a demonstration of the people ’ s faith in the democratic process at the grassroots.
Udumai -Chima , who voted around 1 pm at Amaogbu Village Square polling unit 005 , expressed optimism that PDP would sweep the poll because of the sterling performance of the Umahi – led administration .
He commended the electorate in the area for coming out en mass to vote for candidates of their choice in the election .
“ I’ m overwhelmed with the level of the turnout by our people for the election . It is a show of appreciation of the democracy dividend enjoyed by the people .
“ Our people came back from Lagos , Port Harcourt , Aba and other parts of the country to take part in the election .
“ It is due to the trust they have in their political leaders because leadership is trust ,” the PDP candidate said .
NAN reports that the poll was earlier slated to hold in April but postponed due to the outbreak of COVID -19 pandemic.
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