Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has sworn in the new Chairman of the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC), Prof. Augustine Ahiazu.
Members of the commission were also sworn-in at a short ceremony in government House Port Harcourt, Wednesday. They are, Dr Eddy Adiele, Dame S. O. Nwachukwu, Dr. (Mrs) Vinolia S. Fubara, Ibiso Dakoru, Kennedy Tsaro Pueba and Kathryn Ngozi Ajayi.
Amaechi mandated the commission to organize credible local government elections in the state in 2014.
He said, “I think to an extent I liken the position you hold to that of a pastor which is sacred and you are the Altar of God. I think that the position you hold will determine the credibility of the kind of election you organize.
“Now that you have been chosen, it is between myself and my God and between you, your God and the public. Your name will either be written in the history book of Rivers State as people who have dispassionately discharged their responsibilities or as people who others might see as those who helped to ruin the future of others in the state.”
The Governor said he had carefully chosen the members of the state electoral body to reflect the desire of his administration to organize transparent and credible local government polls in the state.
According to him, “this country must move away from the current situation that we find ourselves where elections don’t matter, where leaders are known as rulers, where they don’t bother about the electorate and this situation where leaders are not accountable to the people because they are not elected; and the only way they can be elected is if the process by which the election is organized is transparent, and that starts with the kind of persons who hold public office.”
Amaechi assured that he would not meddle in the affairs of RSIEC and promised prompt release of funds to enable the electoral body to do its work.