Claiming threat to security in the state, the Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission, PLAISEC, has announce the indefinite postponement of the LG polls scheduled for February 17.
Executive Chairman Febian Ntung Ari broke the news to journalists at the PLASIEC headquarters during a press conference to assess the security reports that some suspected criminals have planned to attack the state if the election went on .
He said that on receiving the threat notice, the commission immediately summoned leaders of all the eight eligible political parties for a meeting where they were briefed on the security threat, adding that he would rather obey the security advice to postpone the polls rather than risked the lives of voters and candidates.
The eight participating political parties are ADP 3 chairmanship,18 Councillorship; APC 17 chairmanship, 372 Councillorship ; APGA 1 Councillorship; DPP 1 Councillorship; PDP 17 chairmanship, 325 Councillorship; Green party 1 Councillorship; SDP 1 Councillorship; and YDP 1 Councillorship .
Mr Ari who showed journalists all the vehicles, equipment, and sensitive materials to be use for the forthcoming polls, maintained that as soon the commission receive clarification it will fix a date to conduct the election which it is prepared to deliver freely and fairly. He solicited the cooperation of media to help spread the information.
“ The security authorities have advised us to shift the dateline. We want to adhere strictly to the notice because we don’t have the control of the security so we are not going to risk the lives of other people’s children,” he said