A group under the auspices of Concerned Elders of Plateau State has called for postponing the next local elections in Plateau State scheduled for October 9, 2021.
At a press conference in Jos on Wednesday, the group’s leader and former state commissioner Dachollom Jambol expressed fears that the holding of the municipal poll under the current circumstances would worsen the security situation in the state. .
Jambol said: âOne of the main areas of concern is the timing of the elections for the reopening of the University of Jos for academic activities.
âYou will recall that following the breach of the peace which resulted in the death of no less than 38 people in the community of Yelwa Zangam, a village behind the University, while the 24-hour curfew state government imposed persisted, state governments and parents of students across the country had to make emergency arrangements to evacuate their children.
âIt is known that the current government earlier in 2018 suspended local elections in four LGAs in the northern senatorial district, including Jos North, citing security concerns.
âWe can say without contradiction that the security provisions in these LGAs have not improved but rather deteriorated. We therefore call on the PLSG and PLASEIC to postpone the elections until the security situation improves considerably.
However, the PLSIEC insisted that it will go ahead with the conduct of the election as planned.
Speaking through his counsel, Garba Pwul (SAN), the electorate said it would be a disaster for Plateau State if PLASIEC did not conduct the October 9 elections, as scheduled, to all the more so âas the constitution is clear that no one can be president or councilor of a council if he is not democratically elected in accordance with the law or the constitution.
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