By: Valentine Adese,
Opposition registered political parties operating in Plateau State have raised alarm that the Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission (PLASIEC) is allegedly making plans to conduct the earlier postponed Local Government Councils’ election but with the intention of taking the opposition political parties by surprise, in favour of the Ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state.
The published suspicion has already started drawing the attention of the masses in the state, as the fears of the political parties over the alleged intention of PLASIEC is been published by most of the political parties and their supporters, using their tweeter handles and other social media platforms and groups.
“Attention: We have discovered that PLASIEC is planning to conduct the Local Government Election any time soon. We suspected that it would have been the first week of May.
“But, since people are now aware, they have shelved the plan and this is dangerous, as it will really take other political parties by surprise. We gathered that they might give a very short window of time for preparation. So we are calling on all political parties in the state, to continued their campaigns and be prepared.” Most of the political parties and some of their supporters have published.
You would recall that, PLASIEC reluctantly postponed the February date fixed for the LGC elections, while relying and citing security report.
In another development, SAHARAREPORTERS has drawn the attention of Nigerians to the fact that the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), has failed to fully reveal the findings of the panel set up by the commission to investigate allegations of underage voting during the10 February council polls in Kano State as a way of chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, saving his own face.
Adding that, “This website can also reveal that the INEC Chairman is ready to do the bidding of powerful political interests, who have told him to halt the ongoing voter registration exercise across the country as a way of ensuring the existing contaminated register of voters is used for the next general elections, a situation that will deny millions of prospective voters the opportunity to participate in the electoral process.
“The plot to discontinue the registration exercise is contrary to Professor Yakubu’s public posturing, which has seen him assure Nigerians on many occasions that INEC will abide by the provision of the electoral law that stipulates that the voter registration exercise can only be stopped not less than 60 days to the elections.”
You would recall that the Plateau State Governor, RT Hon. Simon Bako Lalong has thrown his weight behind the Continuous usedage of the Card Reader Machines in all INEC conducted elections.
The Governor made this remark and recommendation, when the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Plateau State, Alhaji Hussaini Halilu Pai, paid him a courtesy call in his office in Little Rayfield, Jos , in company of his Directors.
The Governor he is explanation and support for its continuous usage said,” the card reader technology currently in use will undoubtedly stamp out rigging during elections by desperate politicians. “
Governor Lalong also called on eligible voters, who are yet to register for their Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) to immediately do so before the expiration of the allotted time by the Commission.
From the Press statement from the state’ Ministry of Information, the Governor also urged INEC to expedited action on the creation of new additional constituencies in the country, while promising the REC that the request tabled before him, Would be looked into positively in order for it to succeed in her task of conducting credible elections .
“Governor Lalong reiterated the commitment of the rescue administration in the state to conduct the Local Government Elections in the State, as soon as peace is attained.” The statement added.