By Attah Adgidzi, Lafia
The Nasarawa State Independent Electoral Commission (NASIEC) has said that 22 political parties would be participating in May 26 local government election in the state.
The state chairman of the commission, Hon Henry Omaku stated this yesterday (Tuesday) while briefing newsmen in a press conference in lafia.
He said, out of the number of registered political parties with the commission, some are threatening to back out in the forthcoming election.
Hon. Omaku explained that “we are aware that some political parties in the state threatened to withdraw from the election.”
He however said, the commission have engaged the services of over three thousand adhoc staff to serve as polling clerk, presiding officers, returning officers and supervisors.
” you will recall also that in the said meeting , where 22 political parties attended, we assured the stakeholders and political parties of our desire to conduct free and fair elections.
” in that same meeting we released the time table that heralded the process geared towards the election.
” just yesterday, we commenced 2 days training workshop for our electoral officers and Assistant electoral officers in the 13 Local Government Areas and 18 Development Areas of the state.
” we are going to engage the services of over three thousand ( 3000) adhoc staff to serve as polling clerks, presiding officers, returning officers and supervisors,” he said.
He said, the party, in subsequent election, the commission will adopt electronic voting system as practiced in other state.