17 Political Parties To Participate In Taraba Councils Poll
Destiny Tony D.
No fewer than seventeen political parties were said to have signified their intentions to participate in the forthcoming local government poll in Taraba.
The election which has been scheduled for the 30th of this month, is said to be geared towards bringing on board elected chairmen instead of the incessant renewal of the Caretakers tenures who have for the past three years being piloting the Affairs of the local councils.
Speaking via a telephone interview with Frontline news blog correspondent in Jalingo, the chairman of the State Independence Electoral Commission (SIEC), Chief Philip Duwe, said the decision of the commission to conduct the election “this month” is aimed at reaching out to the nooks and crannies of the state before the commencement of rains which according to him may eventually debarred the commission from accessing some parts of the state as a result of the difficult terrains.
As at the time of filing in this report, seventeen political parties, as made known by him, have made up their minds to jostle for the chairmanship positions across the sixteen local government councils.
Citing the ongoing plans of the Independent National Electorate Commission (INEC) to conduct elections in the states of Edo and Ondo, amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, TSIEC, as made known by him would as well adhered strictly to all the precautionary measures during the exercise.
Unlike the previous elections where voters are allowed to crowd the polling units, the reverse, as stated by him, would be the case during the council election as electorates would not be exceeding twenty in each polling units” after which another twenty que up again, adding that “we are going to make sure that everything would be in order because we are not ready to toy with the health of the people.”
The Commission, he said have being robbing minds with the leadership of the Inter-Party Advisory Council Nigeria (IPAC) and the leadership of other political parties that are not members of the aforementioned council.
This according to him, is aimed at creating level play ground to all the political parties which he believed would in turns leads to credible and transparent polls across the state.
More to the aforementioned levels of preparations, we has it that the Commission, as made known to him have being engaging all the relevant security agency in discussions that would eventually lead to hitch free election.
“As an umpire, we are doing all things possible to see that we do the right thing so that at the end of the day, our local government election would not only be transparent, but would as well be free, fair and credible.”
Reiterating the determinations of the Commission to be “neutral” he enjoined the people of the state irrespective of political parties to have confidence on the Commission, as the Commission, would tread all legitimate paths to deliver.