A court case had prevented the state government from conducting elections.
The Nasarawa State Independent Electoral Commission will recruit 5980 ad-hoc staff for the December 14 local government elections in the state.
Addressing a press conference at its headquarters in Lafia, to flag off activities for the elections, the chairman of the commission, Abdullahi Modibbo, said that the commission will recruit four ad-hoc staff in each of the 1495 polling unit across the 147 electoral wards in the state.
Those to be recruited are presiding officer, polling clerk, orderly and supervisor for each polling unit.
Mr. Modibbo said that the commission was unable to conduct elections before now due to litigation instituted by former local government chairmen in the state seeking for tenure elongation of additional one year from two during the last administration of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in the state.
“I am happy to inform the good people of Nasarawa State, that the Supreme Court had passed a judgment, sometime in June, in favour of the state government and NASIEC.
“This case had restrained the state government and NASIEC from conducting any elections into local government councils. As a government that conforms to the rule of law, we respected the court order,” he said.
He explained that following the Supreme Court judgment, the commission had slated December 14 for the local government elections in the state. He added that the commission had earmarked over N500 million for the exercise.
Mr. Modibbo explained that elections would only be conducted in the 13 constitutionally recognized local government areas in the state. He added that the commission had lined up activities for the elections including press conference, a stakeholders’ meeting, and a sensitization campaign across the three senatorial districts in the state.
The chairman also said the commission would work within the ambit of the law to ensure transparency and fairness for all those involved. He dismissed fears that it would work for the sitting government and urged the electorate to give them the benefit of the doubt.