JISIEC fixes June 29 for LG polls
From Ismaila Muhammad, Dutse
The Chairman of Jigawa State Independent Electoral Commission (JISIEC), Alhaji Muhammad Sani Ahmad has said that there will be no going back on June 29 fixed for the local government election in the 27 local councils of the state.
Alhaji Ahmad stated this in an interview with our correspondent of in Dutse, the state capital.
He said that all necessary arrangements were put in place for the election.
“We made necessary arrangements for recruitment of ad hoc (D1) staff, security, election materials, logistics and other things to ensure the smooth conduct of the exercise.
“We will ensure that we do the necessary things that will make us achieve transparent and credible election.
“I hereby dispel the misgivings by a cross section of the society that the local government election might not hold.
“I assure every eligible voter in Jigawa that the election will surely be held,” the chairman affirmed.
Meanwhile, the chairman has stated that the commission has no other means of returning candidates as winners except through the ballot boxes.
Alhaji Ahmad stated this during a training of trainers’ workshop on ‘Counting Procedures at Polling Units,’ organized and held by the commission in collaboration with International Foundation for Electoral System (IFES) in Dutse recently.
He said that election was about fairness, transparency and commitment, assuring that the commission would abide by the decisions of voters as expressed through the ballot boxes.
“So, citizens of Jigawa State are rest assured that their votes are safe and their choices are sacred.
“The tenure of the current local government chairmen in the state will expire on June 29, 2019,
“I, therefore, urge registered voters to go to polling units where they registered to exercise their franchise of voting for candidates that would preside over the affairs of their respective local government councils for the next two years,’’ Ahmad stated.
He assured that in the upcoming election, voting would be in accordance with international best practices of adult suffrage as provided in the laws and procedures of the commission.
Ahmad urged the participants to put into practice what they learnt in the workshop in the forthcoming election.
The Team Leader of IFES in the state, Mr. Victor Enyi, said that IFES is a Non-Governmental Organisation supporting about 144 countries across the world on good governance and electoral processes.