Group Faults LG Poll Delay

Yakubu Busari, Jos

Mr Ari, right, PLASIEC Chairman

Mr Isaac Wadak, the Secretary General, Initiative for Monitoring Peace and Cultural tolerance (IMPACT), has citicized the Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission, PLASIEC for the postponement of the Local Government poll scheduled for February 17, on the grounds of insecurity.

Mr Wadak who stated this in a press statement made available to journalists in Jos, the state capital on Tuesday, said the local government system is the most abuse tier of government in Nigeria under the present democratic system, wondering how the electoral umpire could cite insecurity as reason for the postponement when the governor had on January 12, assured the people that the state was secured and peaceful.

He said; “At last the anxiety, apprehension and suspicion that have trailed the proposed conduct of election into the local government councils of plateau state have been confirmed. We take this with a pinch of salt as only recently precisely 12th January 2018 the governor assured the President that peace has been restored in the state .

“It is quite unfortunate that the third tier of government local government have been without elected representatives thereby denying the people of the grassroots the needed dividends of democracy.

The postponing the elections indefinitely calls for serious concern, he said and called on PLASIEC to “ do the right thing by immediately working modalities and quickly conduct election into the local governments and thereby by restoring democracy at that level.”