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Nasarawa Fixes LG Elections for October 6

- Igbawase Ukumba in Lafia

The Nasarawa State Independen­t Electoral Commission (NASIEC) yesterday fixed October 6, 2021, for the conduct of both chairmansh­ip and councillor­ship elections across the 13 local government areas and 147 wards of the state.

The tenure of the 2018 local government council elected officials ended on May 28, 2021, thereby creating leadership vacuums in the 13 LGAs of the state.

However, the Chairman of the NASIEC, Ayuba Wandai Usman, disclosed at a press conference yesterday that the electoral body has voted over N600 million to conduct the local council election in the state.

The NASIEC chairman said: “The commission has, therefore, by the powers conferred on its fixed October 6, 2021, for chairmansh­ip and councillor­ship elections across all the 13 LGAs and 147 electoral wards across the state.

“Ideally, elections to immediatel­y replace the out-gone council officials would have since been done, but logistics issues and many more unforeseen factors combined together to make the elections impossible,” he stated.

Usman concluded that all things being equal, the commission was set to exercise her statutory responsibi­lity of organising, undertakin­g and supervisin­g elections into local government areas as enshrined in the 1999 Constituti­on (as amended) and other relevant laws.

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