La­long signs elec­toral com­mis­sion, rev­enue bills

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Lami Sadiq, Jos

Plateau State Gover­nor Si­mon Bako La­long yes­ter­day signed into law the long awaited Plateau State In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (PLASIEC) bill which seeks to reg­u­late the con­duct of lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions and other re­lated mat­ters.

La­long said af­ter sign­ing the bill at the Lit­tle Ray­field Govern­ment House that with the law now in place, it was up to the com­mis­sion to ex­e­cute her pri­mary man­date in line with the pro­vi­sions by con­duct­ing lo­cal govern­ment elec­tion.

The gover­nor also signed the Plateau State Rev­enue Con­sol­i­dated law which would pro­vide for the re­in­force­ment of the state’s rev­enue col­lec­tion sys­tem through a func­tional ad­min­is­tra­tive struc­ture as well as har­mo­nize the var­i­ous rates, levies and taxes col­lected by Min­istries, De­part­ments and Agen­cies, as well as by the LG coun­cils.

“The PLASIEC law will not only reg­u­late the con­duct of elec­tions and the struc­ture and func­tions of lo­cal coun­cils, it will also pro­vide for the cre­ation and ad­min­is­tra­tion of de­vel­op­ment ar­eas, in keep­ing with the yearn­ings of our peo­ple. We are pre­pared as a govern­ment to con­duct elec­tion into the third tier of govern­ment which will be largely par­tic­i­pa­tory, free, fair and cred­i­ble,” La­long said.

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