To Cover Up Illegality, SIECOM Postpones LG Elections In Kaduna


In its bit to cover up the illegality it has carried out concerning the conduct of the Local Government Elections, the Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission (Kad -SIECOM) has postponed the LG poll.
Even though December 30, 2017 was fixed for the local government elections, Elanza News gathered that the el-Rufai’s government committed blunders in the earlier announcement of the election date.

It was further learnt that while elected local government chairmen are supposed to stay in office for 2 years in Kaduna, the el-Rufai’s led government planned that the elected chairmen will stay for three years.
There was no existing law backing their stand, it was gathered.
“Had it been they carry out the elections without the amendment of the existing law, it would have been a big blow. They went ahead to announce the election date without even laws guiding the process. That is shameful,” a source said.
He said in other to cover up the illegality that has already been committed, the electoral body had to meet with some members of the Kaduna State House of Assembly in other to cover up the shame.
“A serious government that wants to conduct LG poll won’t stay for two years without amending the laws that will suit the process. They stay for two years only to commit this kind of blunder,” another source said.

But the chairperson of SIECOM, Saratu Dikko announced on Friday that the LG election billed for 30 December, 2017 has been postponed.
No new date has been fixed for the Local government elections in Kaduna state, it was gathered.
Saratu after an emergency meeting with some members of the state House of Assembly Committee on Judiciary, said the elections won’t hold as earlier scheduled.

 “The elections have been postponed,’’ she told newsmen after the meeting.
According to her, the postponement was necessary as the assembly has not passed the new law to guide the process.
“So when the law is passed and signed into law by the governor, we will make a new announcement on the election,’’ she added.
The chairman of the committee, Mr Kantiok Ishaku said it was erroneous for the SIECOM to announce a date for the conduct of the local council elections when the lawmakers have not concluded work on the law for the election. 

“We have told them to tarry a while until the necessary amendment to the Independent Electoral Commission Law of 2012 is concluded,’’ the chairman said. 
Some members of the State House of Assembly had informed Elanza News shortly after the earlier announcement of the election date that blunders had been committed.



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