Cri­sis in Plateau com­mu­ni­ties over LG poll re­sults

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Dick­son S. Adama, Jos

Fol­low­ing yes­ter­day’s an­nounce­ment of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions re­sult by the Plateau State In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (PLAISEC), crises have bro­ken out in sev­eral com­mu­ni­ties.

Among the 13 LGAs where elec­tions were con­ducted, 11 were an­nounced and two were in­con­clu­sive, and the rul­ing All Pro­gres­sive Congress (APC) was de­clared win­ner in the 11 LGAs.

But the main op­po­si­tion, the Peo­ple’s Demo­cratic Party re­jected the re­sult elec­tion, al­leg­ing gross ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties.

PDP sup­port­ers protested; lead­ing to burn­ing of houses, de­struc­tion of prop­erty in Bassa, Mangu and Lang­tang North.

Gov­er­nor Si­mon La­long asked cit­i­zens not to do any­thing that might af­fect the peace of the state, stress­ing that any­one ag­grieved by the re­sult of the elec­tions should ap­proach the elec­tions pe­ti­tion tri­bunal.

Mean­while, the coali­tion of civil so­ci­ety ac­cred­ited by PLASIEC to ob­serve the elec­tions said the process was gen­er­ally peace­ful, trans­par­ent and free.

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