Sokoto LG elec­tions to hold Jan­uary, 9

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Abubakar Auwal, Sokoto

The Sokoto State In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sion has an­nounced Jan­uary, 9, 2016, for con­duct of lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tion.

Brief­ing news­men, the SIEC Chair­man, Al­haji Us­man Abubakar, said 29 po­lit­i­cal par­ties may par­tic­i­pate in the elec­tion.

He said the state gov­ern­ment had al­ready re­leased funds for the ex­er­cise, as­sur­ing that the com­mis­sion would en­sure a level-play­ing field for all par­ties.

“We have this record of con­duct­ing free and fair elec­tion in the state. I re­mem­ber that dur­ing the last lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tion, there was no com­plaint from any po­lit­i­cal party; they all ac­cepted the re­sults out of con­vic­tion that the elec­tion was cred­i­bly con­ducted. And if you can re­mem­ber, there was a coun­sel­lor who was not from the rul­ing party but won his elec­tion,” he said.

The com­mis­sion was not cer­tain if card-read­ers would be used for the elec­tion, as ac­cord­ing to the chair­man, it was un­der prob­a­bil­ity.

Ac­cord­ing to the elec­tion timetable, the con­duct of pri­maries by po­lit­i­cal par­ties and sub­mis­sion of par­ties’ can­di­dates is be­tween Novem­ber 1 and 16 and nom­i­na­tion would end on Novem­ber, 23.

Sim­i­larly, sub­sti­tu­tion of can­di­dates is be­tween De­cem­ber, 15 and 22, while cam­paigns by can­di­dates would end Jan­uary, 8, 2016. Abubakar as­sured the public that ad­e­quate se­cu­rity would be pro­vided through­out the elec­tion pe­riod.

He ap­pealed to po­lit­i­cal par­ties to de­sist from re­cruit­ing po­lit­i­cal thugs and mak­ing in­cit­ing com­ments dur­ing elec­tion­eer­ing.

Photo: Macjohn Akande.

From Left: Chief Judge of Cross River, Okoi Ikpi , The In­sti­tute Sec­re­tary Mal­lam Maidama Abubakar and Di­rec­tor of Re­search, Ha­jiya Titi Kawu dur­ing the Na­tional Seminar for Mag­is­trates on En­vi­ron­men­tal Laws in Abuja yesterday.

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