The Gombe State Electoral Commission has fixed February 25, 2017, as the day for the long anticipated Local Government Election in the State.
Presenting the timetable for the election, the Chairman of the Gombe State Electoral Commission, Mr. Caleb Maina, said the delay in the conduct of the election was due to the economic challenges, arising from the recession in the country.
“I believe you are not unaware of the serious economic problem facing the country. You will recall that recently, even the Minister of Finance told the National Assembly and indeed the whole nation that Nigeria is technically in recession. Because of the factor above, Gombe State Electoral Commission could not hold election into local government council and as at when due, hence the constant appointment of caretaker committees became the only option for the State government.”
“I am happy to inform you that in spite of the economic crunch facing us, the Governor of Gombe State, Ibrahim Dankwambo has approved that the Gombe State Electoral Commission conduct election into the all the 11 local government councils of the state,” Maina said.
He assured the people of Gombe State that in honesty and transparency, the process of the election started on November 28, in conformity to the 90 days notice of poll to all interested parties, of which may want to enter in the local government election scheduled for February 25, 2017.
The Gombe State Electoral Commission, therefore, called on all political parties to conduct their primaries within the timeframe, which was presented to them.
According to the Chairman of the Gombe State Electoral Commission, Mr. Maina, political parties should also impress on their supporters the need to ensure that peace prevailed during the election.
He assured all the stakeholders and political parties, that the State Independent Electoral Commission would be honest and transparent during the election.
He added that the commission would give a copy of guidelines, nomination forms and election timetable for guidance and compliance.
The Chairman of the Gombe State Chapter of Inter-Party Advisory Council, Saleh Lawan, who spoke on behalf of every political party in the State, urged all parties to participate fully in the election.
Lawan, however, said the parties should remember that, “politics is not a do or die affairs,” while calling on security agencies to help in achieving a free, fair and credible election.
He also called on the media to enlighten the general public on the importance of local government election. He assured the commission, on behalf of all political parties, that they would abide by the rules and regulations stipulated by the commission.