The Ebonyi State Independent Electoral Commission, EBSIEC, has fixed July 20, 2024 for the conduct of local government elections.

The Chairman of EBSIEC, Barrister Josy Eze, said on Thursday that the elections are for the 13 local government areas and 171 political wards in the state.

Eze stated this during a meeting with chairmen and secretaries of different political parties and heads of security agencies at the commission’s headquarters in Abakiliki, the State capital.

He explained that political parties should actively participate in the exercise by coming to the commission to pick their nomination forms.

“Under the provision of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,1999,(as amended), the Ebonyi State Independent Electoral Commission Law, 2001, as amended, and the Ebonyi State Electoral and Related Matters Law, No. 001 of 2017, as amended, and all other powers enabling her in that behalf, the Ebonyi state independent electoral commission do hereby publish and give notice of local government council elections in Ebonyi State 2024.

“Further take notice that the date of elections ( day of polls) is Saturday, 20 day of July, 2024 throughout Ebonyi state; and that Nomination papers are to be delivered at the commission’s headquarters, No.1 Onwe road, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.

“Also take notice that it is further published in each of the thirteen local government areas and the one hundred and seventy-one electoral wards in Ebonyi state that elections are to be held,” the Chairman said.

It was gathered that the tenure of the EBSIEC Chairman will elapse on July 31, 2024.

It was also gathered that many local government chairmen and ward councillors have expressed worry since the announcement for the elections was made.

However, indigenes have expressed satisfaction, saying they would vote competent grassroots leaders to address their plights.