INEC Presents Certificates Of Return To Okowa, Others

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Wednesday presented certificate of return to Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa and withheld certificates of return of four Assembly constituencies due to pending court cases.
Newsmen reports that out of the 29 constituencies in the Assembly, four constituencies were not issued certificates of return due to pending cases in court.
The four constituencies denied certificates of return are: Ethiope East (APC); Ughelli North I (APC); Ughelli North II (APC); and Ukwuani Constituency (PDP).
At the presentation ceremony in Asaba, the National Commissioner of INEC in charge of South-South, Dr Mohammed Lecky, urged politicians to place the nation above self even in time of victory.
 ”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 who went through enormous troubles to exercise their franchise,’’ he said.
Lecky while congratulating the governor-elect and the state Assembly members-elect, said, “Section 75(10) of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended provides for the issuance of certificate of return to elected candidates by the chairman of INEC’’.
In his address, the State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr Cyril Omorogbe, commended security agencies who worked tirelessly to tackle threat to peace and security in the course of the election.
Omorogbe, however, regretted the loss of lives and destruction of property that accompanied the exercise in some voting centres in the state.
According to him, we share in the grief of families and friends of the deceased and those who lost property.
Responding, Okowa thanked God for making his victory possible.
He commended INEC for conducting an election in the state that was adjudged very peaceful.
Okowa also commended INEC for being firm in the discharge of its duties and noted that there was also room for growth and improvement of the nation’s democracy.
According to him, our democracy can only grow when we as notable politicians are ready to partner with INEC and learn to put the interest of the country first.