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As Bauchi vot­ers go to poll to elect coun­cil of­fi­cials

- US Elections · Politics · Elections · US Politics · Bauchi · People's Democratic Party · Bauchi State · Independent National Electoral Commission of Nigeria · Bala Mohammed

Al­though lo­cal govern­ment elec­tion in Bauchi State has not been con­ducted for the last past 11 years, it is not some­thing new to the elec­torate. This forth­com­ing one, the 4th to be con­ducted since the ad­vent of the Fourth Repub­lic in 1999, will cer­tainly throw out some sur­prises, look­ing at the for­mi­da­ble and awe-in­spir­ing po­lit­i­cal par­ties and can­di­dates that have since joined the race.

The elec­tion is slated for Oc­to­ber 17, 2020, in all the LGAs across the state un­der the watchdog of Bauchi State In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (BASIEC) and other in­sti­tu­tions to en­sure free, fair and cred­i­ble elec­tion.

It could be re­called that be­fore Gover­nor Bala's as­sump­tion in of­fice, he made a prom­ise dur­ing his cam­paign that he would con­duct coun­cil elec­tions if given the man­date.

The elec­tion would have been con­ducted since, but the novel coro­n­avirus that rav­ages the world made it com­pul­sory to be shifted. Lucky enough, it will be held next week.

Since the dec­la­ra­tion for the con­duct of the elec­tion was made by the elec­toral body, the at­mos­phere is charged with po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties tak­ing place all over, which is not un­usual given the high po­lit­i­cal aware­ness of the pop­u­lace.

But the most re­as­sur­ing part of it is Gover­nor Bala Mo­hammed’s re­solve to give a level-play­ing field to all po­lit­i­cal par­ties that wished to field can­di­dates to do so without ha­rass­ment.

The fact that the state gover­nor proved to be dis­in­ter­ested in the forth­com­ing elec­tions by not act­ing in any way to ex­ert in­flu­ence in the process, is com­mend­able.

It is ob­vi­ous that the elec­tion will be an as­sess­ment by the cit­i­zens on the per­for­mance of Gover­nor Bala Mo­hammed. If they are sat­is­fied with the lead­er­ship style of the gover­nor, they will troop out and vote for his party, the Peo­ple's Demo­cratic Party, and if not they will vote for any of the op­po­si­tion par­ties.

Su­laiman Mai­jama'a, Fac­ulty of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, BUK (su­laiman­maija@gmail.com)

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