By: Alfred Saiki,
The Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission (PLASIEC) has postponed the much anticipated Local Government Councils election indefinitely citing security reasons.
PLASIEC Chairman, Fabian Ntung, made this known while speaking with newsmen in Jos today Monday.
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According to the chairman, the Commission has received a communication from security operatives that the prevailing atmosphere in the state cannot guarantee a peaceful election and was advised to postpone the date of the election.
“In line with the forgoing advice, the Commission wishes to inform the general public, especially, stakeholders in the political process in the state that, the Local government council elections in the state which was earlier scheduled for Saturday, 17th February, 2018, is hereby postponed until further notice.
“For the avoidance of doubt, I wish to stress that the Commission, before this development has been well prepared and fully mobilized towards the conduct of this election on the earlier scheduled date.
“All concerned are hereby assured that as soon as the commission is again advised on the conducive nature of the security atmosphere in the state, a new date for the elections will be announced and the general public will be duly informed.” PLASIEC has stated in its press release, dated 5th February, 2018, personally signed by the Chairman, Mr. Ntung.
The Chairman reiterated PLASIEC’s readiness to conduct the LG elections in the state when he took journalist present round the office premises, showing sensitive and non sensitive materials it already has in place for the elections.
Mr. Ntung went further to inform newsmen that PLASIEC has commenced training at management level and 80 ad hoc staff have been ear marked to train the trainers, which will commence next week. He said ad hoc recruitment will start soon, as the Commission will engage 7800 people all over the state for the purpose of the election.