Apprehension grips political parties in Plateau over rumours of postponement of Local Govt Elections

Apprehension and panic have gripped political parties in Plateau State following rumours that the Local Government Election scheduled to hold early next year might not hold as scheduled.

Correspondent JAMES ABRAHAM reports that the State Independent Electoral Commission,PLASIEC,had fixed February 17, 2018 for the conduct of the Local Government poll.

However, there are fears that the time-table for the poll as recently released by the state electoral body might be a ploy to calm down the citizens who have been clamouring for a return to democratic rule at the grassroots.

It was gathered that the rumours of PLASIEC’s unpreparedness to conduct the Local Government poll stems from observations that while other political parties have been mobilizing their members for the poll and have gone ahead to release guidelines for their primaries, the ruling All Progressives Congress has remained quiet, fueling speculation s that the party might have connived with the electoral body to shortchange the people

The rumours which started since the past weeks have equally forced many residents to cast doubts on the willingness of Governor Simon Lalong’s APC administration to do away with the continuous use of Management Committees to run the affairs in the Council Areas of the state which is widely regarded as unconstitutional and a dent on the image of his two year administration.

The State Electoral Commission is yet to make any public comments regarding the rumour of the election postponement which has spread across the state

However, the State Chairman of APC,Letep Dabang denied that the party is not ready for the Local Government Poll.

Dabang who spoke with Jay FM in Jos on Wednesday disclosed that the party had summoned a stakeholders meeting today at the state party Secretariat to deliberate on the modalities for their primaries adding that  the guidelines for the party primaries would soon be released to members of the public.

-James Abraham

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