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The Government of Enugu State on Sunday declared Wednesday, February 23rd, as public holiday to enable residents’ ‘fully and actively’ participate in the State’s local government elections.
The Eastern Updates gathered that Elections would on that day to elect people into 17 chairmanship as well as 260 councillorship positions on that day.
The announcement of the holiday was contained in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi on Information, Mr Steve Oruruo which was made available to The Eastern Updates on Sunday.
He stated during election period between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., markets and offices shall be closed and movement of persons and vehicles restricted, except for those on essential duties.
‘All residents legally qualified to vote are, therefore, encouraged to go to the polls and cast their ballots.
‘The state government, in its unflinching commitment to safeguarding and strengthening democracy, has made requisite arrangements to guarantee a hitch-free process,’ Oruruo stated.
Meanwhile, ahead of the polls, the Enugu State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has raised the alarm over her alleged exclusion from the poll.
The opposition party alleged on Sunday that it had been stopped from participating because the list of her candidates was not published by the electoral body.
It threatened to void the exercise if it holds as scheduled without her.
The party accused the Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission (ENSIEC) of deliberately plotting to disenfranchise the party faithful by refusing to publish a list of 260 councillorship and 17 chairmanship candidates it forwarded to the electoral body in December 2021.
THE EASTERN UPDATES