By Beauty John, LAFIA
The Nasarawa State Independent Electoral Commission( NASIEC) has promised to conduct credible, free, fair and transparent election that would set the pace for other states electoral commissions.
Chairman of the state electoral commission , Barr Ayuba Wandai Usman reiterated this while briefing Journalists in Lafia, on Tuesday.
In preparation for the Councillorship By-election in Gangaren Tudu Electoral Ward of Keffi Local Government Area of the state, Wandai disclosed that Saturday November 14th, 2020 has been scheduled for the conduct of the By-election.
According to him, the conduct of the bye-election became necessary following the demise of a councilor representing the ward, Adamu Saleh, who died on 18th September, 2020 as a result of a brief illness.
“The commission has by powers conferred on it therefore, fixed Saturday, 14th November, 2020 for the councillorship By-election in the Ward,” he said.
Meeting with political parties and lifting of ban on party campaigns is scheduled to hold on Monday, 19th October, 2020.
Party Primary election is slated for Saturday, 24th to 26th October, 2020.
On Tuesday the 3rd of November, 2020, verification of candidates documents will hold at the NASIEC Headquarters.
Display of list of qualified candidates is also slated for November 4th.
Thursday, 12th November, election materials will be dispatched to the local government headquarters ahead of the election on 14th.
The chairman, while assuring that NASIEC is elaborately preparing to conduct a free and fair election, called on the press to partner with the board to ensure the credibility of the electoral process.
“It is very necessary to invite you as critical stack-holders and partners in this process to participate in making the process credible. Your electoral awareness message in this regard will be highly valued,” he said.
Wandai revealed that the tenure of the present local government chairmen in the state would expire May 2021, adding that only those political parties whose candidates have been verified and follow the stated electoral guide lines would be allowed to participate in the forthcoming bye-election.