Section 197 sub-section 1(b) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigerian 1999 (as amended) stipulates that every state of the Federation shall establish an Independent Electoral Commission to organise elections into its local government councils.
In pursuance of the forgoing constitutional provision, the Delta State House of Assembly passed a Bill which was assented to by His Excellency, Chief James Onanefe Ibori, Governor of Delta State (1999-2007). Thus establishing the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC). The Commission was inaugurated on 15th October, 1999.
It comprises a Chairman who is the Chief Independent Electoral Commissioner and the Chief Executive Officer of the Commission and six Members known as Independent Electoral Commissioners. A major shift in the composition of the Commission was, with the amendment of the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission Law in 2012 and assented to by His Excellency Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan (CON), the Governor of Delta (2007-present), the chairmanship of the Commission ceased to be the preserve of only retired High Court Judges. Mr. Akpoyoma Moses Abo Ogbe, the immediate past Chairman of DSIEC became the first DSIEC Chairman who is not a retired High Court Judge.
While Chief (Barr) Mike Ogbodu (CP rtd), the current DSIEC Chairman is the second Chairman that is not a retired High Court Judge.
There is also a Secretary who is a senior-cadre public servant, permanent secretary equivalent. He heads and administers the Commission's secretariat and he is the Chief Accounting Officer of the Commission.
The Commission has offices in all the 25 Local Government Areas in the State and each is headed by a Chief Electoral Officer.
The Commission's secretariat is presently organised into the following departments:
“To conduct elections to the offices of chairmen and councillors and delineate wards as and when necessary in the local government council areas of Delta State in an atmosphere of civic freedom devoid of all forms of dysfunctional behaviours.”
“To be foremost grassroots election management body committed to conducting trustworthy elections.”
EMB Election Administration Orientation Course for DSIEC Chairman, Commissioners and Senior staff of DSIEC in collaboration with International Foundation for Electoral System (IFES) at Elomaz Hotel, Asaba.
DSIEC's official visit to the Commissioner of Police, Asaba, Delta State Comand in preparation for the forthcoming January 2018 Delta LG polls.
Official visit of Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) to DSIEC ahead of Delta January 6th, 2018 LG polls.
Candidates screened by DSIEC's screening commitee members ahead of January 2018 Delta LG polls.
Candidates waiting to be screened at DSIEC Headquarters ahead of January 2018 Delta LG polls.
Official visit of the members of Committee on Defence of Human Rights to DSIEC Headquarters ahead of January 2018 Delta LG polls.
DSIEC Chairman, Members, Secretary and Directors visits Delta Broadcasting Sevice (DBS) Asaba Headquarters ahead of January 2018 Delta LG polls.
DSIEC Chairman, Members, Secretary and Directors visits Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Asaba ahead of January 2018 Delta LG polls.
Courtesy visit by Delta State House of Assembly Hournorable Members of House Committee on Establishment, Ethics and Priviledges ahead of January 2018 Delta LG polls.
Official visit by DSIEC Chairman, Members, Secretary and Directors to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Delta State Headquarters ahead of January 2018 Delta LG polls.
Official visit by DSIEC Chairman, Members, Secretary and Directors to Delta State Government owned The Pointer Newspaper ahead of January 2018 Delta LG polls.
Official visit by DSIEC Chairman, Members, Secretary and Directors to Delta State Attorney General/Commissioner for Justice ahead of January 2018 Delta LG polls.