INEC withholds certificates of 4 Delta members-elect, issues Okowa, others

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has withheld certificate of return of four members-elect of Delta State House of Assembly over legal issues.

The National Commissioner of INEC, Dr. Mohammed Lecky, disclosed this in Asaba, during the presentation of certificate of return to governor Ifeanyi Okowa and other members-elect of state House of Assembly.

Dr. Lecky said the certificate would be withheld until all the issues are resolved.

Those local government/ state constituency withheld are, Ughelli north 1, Ughelli north 11state Constituency, Ukwuani and Ethiope East constituency.

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa shortly after collecting certificate of return said INEC should remain committed to grow the nation’s democracy.

According to Okowa,  “I believe that Nigeria can be great, if we stay committed, all Deltans should be ready to work with me.

INEC boss said, ” today’s event is the highpoint of one of the legal requirements on the journey to assumption of office, after being returned as elected.

“Section 75(1) of the electoral act 2010 as amended provides for the issuance of certificate of return to elected candidates by the chairman of INEC,” he said.

“This is the only way the dividends of democracy for which many have paid the supreme price can truly be within the reach of voters, majority of whom went through enormous troubles to exercise their franchise. “

“It is however important to stress the need to always place the nation above self, even in victory”.

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