By: Valentine Adese,
News just reaching REALITY news desk indicates that the Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission (PLASIEC) has disqualified the Chairmanship candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) for Qua’anpan Local Government Council, Hon. Bala Dominic Ambrose, for allegedly submitting his letter of resignation late to the Commission.Hon. Bala, who disclosed this to REALITY in an angry mood, today, said he is surprised by the action of the umpire body.
According to Hon. Bala, in order to pursue his political ambition, he resigned from the Land and Survey Unit of the Works Department in Kanam Local Government (LG) on the 27th of November, 2017, via a letter he addressed to the Chairman of the Council in Kanam LG.
And that, this letter was forwarded to the Chairman of the state’s Local Government Service Commission (LGSC) by the authorities in Kanam LG on the 24th of November, 2017.
Hon. Bala explaining further said that, the Plateau State Local Government Service Commission also forwarded the approval of his resignation to PLASIEC via a letter dated 12th January, 2018 and was received by the Commission by 2.27pm, as stated on the face of the document signed by one Kangyang Gwallson, Admin. Officer1, for the Chairman of the Service Commission.
“From 12th January to the 17th of February, 2018, is 36 days which is more than 30 days, I therefore wonder what the commission means by saying that I submitted my letter late? Hon Bala questioned.
You would recall that the report of the Conference Committee on a bill for an Act to amend the Electoral Act No.64 of 2010, provided in section 31 (1) that:
“Every political party shall, not later than 60 days before the date appointed for a general election under the provisions of Bill, submit to the Commission, in the proscribed forms, the list of the candidates the party proposes to sponsor, at the election, provided that the Commission shall not reject or disqualify candidate(s) for any reason whatsoever”.
REALITY has however gathered that PLASIEC would soon begin its first legal tussle, days before the conduct of the election slated for 17th February, 2018.