EZE EKPEYE LOGBO-COUNCIL
C/o The Palace of Eze Ekpeye Logbo Odhiere-ubie P.O. Box 76 Ahoada, Rivers State, Nigeria. August 10th 2010.
BYE-LAW ON THE QUALIFICATION AND PROCEDURE FOR THE ELECTION OF AN EZE IGBU IN EKPEYE ETHNIC NATION
TENURE OF OFFICE AND REMOVAL OF AN INCUMBENT
Chieftaincy stools in Ekpeye Ethnic Nation are non-hereditary, choosing an incumbent to any stool is by election. A candidate for election into any chieftaincy stool has the entire community (Obodo, Ula, Emene, Igbu and Ekpeye) as his Constituency.
It shall be the complete responsibility of the relevant units (Ekpeye, Igbu, Emene, Ula or Obodo) respectively to elect and/ or remove their incumbent, following due process, without interference from any other body. Such persons if dissatisfied have the right to appeal to the next higher body.
PROCEDURE FOR THE ELECTION OF AN INCUMBENT
The Election and removal of an incumbent (Eze Nwe-Ula, Eze Emene, Eze Igbu and Eze Ekpeye Logbo) shall be the exclusive preserve of Ekpeye Traditional Rulers Institution.
SUCCESSION THROUGHT THE DEATH OF AN INCUMBENT
Here the throne of an incumbent becomes vacant by reason of death:
- The Deputy President of Eze in-council shall become Regent in the case of the death of Eze Ekpeye Logbo.
- The chairman, Igbu council of traditional Rulers and chiefs, shall become Regent in the case of the death of an Eze Igbu.
- The chairman, Emene council of chiefs shall become the Regent in the case of the death of an Eze Emene.
- The chairman, Ula (community) council of chiefs shall become the Regent in the case of the death of an Eze Nwe-Ula.
Where the vacancy is as a result of the death of an incumbent, Ekpeye in the case of the death of Eze Ekpeye Logbo, an Igbu in the case of the death of an Eze Igbu and Ula (Community) in the case of the death of an Eze Nwe-Ula, shall Observe a one year mourning period, during which the respective After the termination of the mourning period, which shall end with the traditional hair shaving ceremony, a timetable for the election of a successor for the respective stool, shall be deliberated upon at the first meeting of the relevant Council.
(Ezes in-Council for Eze Ekpeye Logbo stool, Igbu council of traditional rulers and chiefs for eze igbu stool, Emene council of traditional rulers and chiefs for eze emene stool and ula council of chief for eze nwe-ula stool) falling the next month end after the hair shaving ceremony.
The Eze Ekpeye Logbo in-Council has approved the following procedure for election and removal of an incumbent, and is produced hereunder in great details to avoid any ambiguity.
ELECTION OF EZE IGBU/ QUALIFICATIONS FOR ELECTION AS AN EZE IGBU
A Candidate shall be qualified for election into the position of an Eze Igbu, if:
- He is a Bonafide – indigene of the igbu by birth.
- He has attained the age of 45 (forty-five) years.
- He is able to communicate fluently in Ekpeye and English Languages.
- He must Possesses at least 15 (fifteen) years post west African school certificate qualification or its equivalent.
- He is physically fit and mentally balanced.
- He is willing and prepared to perform all traditional rites request of an occupant of an Eze igbu stool, without hindrance by religion or any other grounds.
- He is prepared to relinquish all other titles, offices or positions, incompatible with or capable of hindering his efficiency as an Eze Igbu.
- He has never been dismissed from any of his places of work for misconduct.
- He has never been indicted by any tribunal of inquiry or panel.
- He is not an Owor (scepter) holder of the Igbu or of any of the Communities of the Igbu.
- He has not been found guilty of witchcraft.
- He has not been found guilty of adultery with the wife of his subject.
- He has not been found guilty of embezzling community funds.
- He does not belong to nor sponsor any secret cult.
PROCEDURE FOR THE ELECTION OF AN EZE IGBU
The election of an eze igbu shall proceed as follows:
- Whenever a vacancy occurs in the stool of an eze igbu, the Chairman igbu council of traditional rulers and chiefs, after due consultation with the Eze igbu in-council, igbu council of traditional rulers and chiefs shall convene a General Assembly of the igbu preferably on a Saturday, for the formal declaration of the commencement of the process for the election of their eze igbu.
- The Igbu General Assembly shall be reconvened preferably in their igbu ancestral home by the following Saturday provided it is not Eke day, to appoint an electoral committee, whose membership shall be as follows:
- 0ne member from each town or village, who must be a man of impeccable character and integrity.
- The electoral committee shall appoint a chairman and a secretary from among its members.
- The electoral committee shall organize and supervise the entire processes for the election of the Eze Igbu.
- The whole members of the electoral committee shall immediately be subjected to taking the traditional Oath and this shall represent the formal swearing-in and inauguration of the committee.
- The electoral committee shall, not later than 14 days, after its inauguration, invite applications, from interested Sons of the Igbu to fill up the vacant Eze Igbu stool.
- A candidate’s application shall be endorsed or countersigned by.
- The Eze Nwe-Ula or any male members of the Eze Nwe-ula in council of the candidate’s village.
- Five other married male adult members from each of the communities in the Igbu, provided that no two persons come from the same family unit (Obodo) in the same village and shall be persons of proven integrity and character.
- After the receipt of all the applications, the electoral committee shall thoroughly screen all the candidates.
- Upon completion of all the screening exercise, the electoral committee shall present to the Igbu, the qualified candidates cleared to contest the Eze Igbu stool and give clearance in writing to the said qualified candidates.
- The receipt of applications and screening of candidates, together with presentation of cleared candidates to the Igbu, by the Electoral committee, shall not exceed (60) sixty days.
- The final election of an Eze Igbu shall be done through an electoral college, to be Constituted by the electoral committee in a properly convened Igbu General Meeting.
- The electoral college shall be constituted not later than (14) fourteen days after the presentation of cleared candidates to the Igbu.
- The electoral college shall be made up of:
- Five members from each town or village, one of which must be the Eze Nwe-Ula of that Community, provided also that no two members come from the same family unit (Obodo) in the community.
- Chairman and Secretary of the Igbu council of Traditional Rulers and Chiefs.
- Chairman and secretary, Eze Igbu in-council.
- No member shall be below the age of 40 years.
- The members of the Electoral College shall also Immediately be subjected to taking the Traditional Oath, which shall Represent the formal Swearing-in and Inauguration of the Electoral College.
- The Electoral Committee shall, within one week, especially on a Saturday, after the Inauguration of the Electoral College, convene a sitting of the Electoral College, before the Igbu General Assembly, to Elect the Eze Igbu.
- The Ezes in-Council, the Eze Ekpeye Logbo in-Council, and Ekpeye Council of Traditional Rulers and Chiefs, shall each send an Observer to the Election, who must not be an indigene of the Igbu.
- Voting at the Electoral College shall be by open Secret Ballot.
- The Election of the Eze Igbu by the Electoral College shall be by a simple Majority of the votes cast.
- Upon completion of voting by the electoral college, the electoral Committee shall Immediately count the votes and Announce the result of the Election.
- The Winner shall be declared the Eze Igbu (Elect) by the Electoral Committee.
- In the event of a tie, the Electoral Committee shall proceed to a run-off Election between the two Candidates with the highest number of Vote at such a second voting shall be declared Winner, if he has a simple majority of the votes cast.
- The Observers, sent to monitor the Elections, shall each send a report to their Respective Nominating Authorities, only on how free and fair the Election was.
- Upon conclusion of the Election, the Igbu and Eze Ekpeye Logbo in-Council will forward the name of the Successful Candidate to the State Government for formal Recognition and Admission into the State Council of Traditional Rulers.
Compiled by Egbe Buduzhi
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