Gombe to conduct local government election February


The Gombe State Independent Electoral Commission has given A 90-day notice to all interested political parties who want to participate in the local government elections, scheduled to hold on February 15, 2017.

The Chairman of the Commission, Caleb Maina, disclosed this during a meeting with concerned individuals and political parties in the state on Monday.

He urged the political parties to conduct their primary elections within the timeframe.

“I also call on the leadership of the all political parties that intend to contest this election to impress on their members and supporters to ensure that the state witness peace during their campaigns, primaries, election proper and thereafter,” he said.

Mr. Maina pledged that the Commission would be honest and transparent during the election, adding that the they will give a copy of the guidelines, nomination forms and election timetable for guidance and compliance.

Also speaking, the State Chairman of the Inter-Party Advisory Council, IPAC, Saleh Lawan, urged political parties to participate fully in the election and that they should also bear in mind that politics is not a do or die affair.

He also appealed to security agencies to put measures in place towards a successful election, just like they did during the 2015 general election, which was acclaimed free, fair and credible election.

He also called on the media to enlighten the public about the importance of local government elections.

Mr. Lawan also assured the commission, on behalf of all political parties, that they would abide by the rules and regulations stipulated by the election umpire.


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