The Nasarawa State Independent Electoral commission (NASEIC), has lift the ban on all political electioneering campaigns for Local Government elections in the state.
The acting chairman of NASEIC, Alhaji Aliyu Dogara Mohammed, announced the development in a meeting with stakeholders and all the political parties in the state.
A total of 22 political parties including APC, PDP, APGA, APDA, Labour Party, AC, AD and others, were in attendance at the meeting, at the NASEIC headquarters in Lafia.
Addressing the meeting, the NASEIC chairman said “Distinguish Chairmen of all Political Parties here present, ladies and gentlemen, the purpose of this meeting is not only to unveil the Commission’s time-table, programmes and guidelines, but also to afford us another opportunity to rub minds, share ideas, obtain inputs and observations from you, the stakeholders here present, in order to strengthen the Commission’s planning for a successful and hitch-free elections”
“Pursuant to Section 3(a-c) of the Nasarawa State Local Government Election Law, 2003 (as amended) which vested the Nasarawa State Independent Electoral Commission, with the powers to conduct Local Government Elections in the State, I, Aliyu Dogara Mohammed, the Acting Chairman, hereby lift the ban on the electioneering campaigns for Local Government Elections in the State” he said.
Mohammed, who disclosed that the commission had recruited over 300 personnel for the forthcoming election, assured all political parties of a free and fair council poll in the state.
Contributing, the chairman of Inter-party Adversary Council (IPAC) in Nasarawa State, Barrister Haruna Iliyasu Favour, argued about the legality of the commission to conduct an election while operating with an acting chairman and a commissioner, instead of five number of commissioners.
Barrister Iliyasu, also argued that the law guiding the electioneering process in the state is still undergoing ‘surgery’, at the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, so how can NASEIC, conduct election without a law in place.
“As far we members of IPAC are concerned we are only here based on your invitation and to listen to your views and the documents handed to us, however, we will covey our own meeting and discuss on the issues raised by the political parties representatives and come up a communique that will be issued to journalist” he said.
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