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The Ebonyi State House of Assembly has approved a budget of N518,260,000 for the upcoming Local Government Area elections in the state, scheduled for July 20, 2024.

The approval followed a request from the Ebonyi State Independent Electoral Commission (EBSIEC) conveyed through Governor Francis Nwifuru.


The Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Moses Odanwa, read the governor’s letter during a plenary session at the Assembly Chambers in Nkaliki.

Hon. Odanwa outlined that the budget will cover expenses such as payment for clerks, Adhoc staff, and pre-election training sessions.

During the plenary, several House members, including Deputy Whip Hon. Arinze Chukwu (Ishelu South), Hon. Onyebuchi Ogbadu (Ivo), and Hon. Esther Agwu (Ohaukwu North), spoke in favor of the proposal.

They emphasized the importance of holding elections to ensure democratic governance at the local level and to avoid appointing unelected individuals as Chairmen and Councillors.

“The election will allow for democratic principles that will promote orderliness and development in the rural areas,” stated one of the members.

Following the deliberations, the Speaker put the motion to a vote, which was unanimously adopted. The motion was moved by Hon. Chikezie Igu (Ohaozara East) and seconded by Hon. Abiri Godwin Abiri (Izzi We

The Speaker instructed EBSIEC to conduct a free, fair, and credible election that reflects the will of the electorate.

He also directed the Clerk of the House to inform the Governor of the approval.

This election aims to ensure the proper transition of power as the terms of the current Chairmen and Councillors are set to expire on September 1, 2024.

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