From Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Ahead of the Bye Election in Delta state Scheduled for next month April, 2020, the Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has objected to the payment of tax clearance as a prerequisite for local government Elections.
The objection was on Wednesday Contained in a Press release issued by the state Chairman, IPAC, Mr Afam Enemokwu, a Copy made available to Journalists in Asaba, explained that” the electoral Act does not prescribe tax clearance certificate as pre- requirement for Contesting Local Government Elections”, adding that IPAC would therefore not accept the imposition of this requirement on its Candidates.
Enemokwu further warned that IPAC will not entertain any levy for nomination forms for its Candidates, describing such levies and will not hesitate to pursue this matter to matter to its logical conclusion should DSIEC decided to go on with the levies
Meanwhile, the Chairman of DSIEC, Chief Mike Ogbodu however appealed to Political Parties and their Supporters to Cooperate with the Commission to Conduct a free and fair Elections even as he thanked them for their Support in the last bye Elections in 2018, adding that the bye Elections became necessary following the death of Councilors representing Wards 18, (Oyede) In Isoko North, Ward 4, (Abala) in Ndokwa East, Ward 2, (Sapele) and Ward 17, (Okwuabude) in Okpe Local Government Area.
Remarking, the Executive Assistant to the Governor on Interparty matters, and state Chairman of Accord Party, (AP), Evangelist David Ashikodi, stressed on the need for a regular Interface between Political Parties and the electoral umpire to reduce rancor and hostility among them, adding that” I plead with the DSIEC to always Convey Such meetings from time to time so that we can put our heads together and improve on our lapses for a better System”