COVID-19: Benue Electoral Commission suspends Local Govt Polls

Aloysius Umalo, Makurdi

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The Benue State Independent Electoral Commission (BSIEC), in North Central Nigeria has suspended the conduct of Local Government elections in the state.

Chairman of the Benue State Independent Electoral Commission, Mr Joseph Loko who announced the postponement at a press conference explained that the measure was taken to curtail the spread of Coronavirus.

He explained that “as the electoral umpire, it was important to recognize the importance of human lives”, maintaining that if we all die today, there won’t be an election tomorrow.

“Against this background, the Local Government election slated to hold on the 28th of March, 2020, has been shifted because of this predicament.” Mr Loko said.

Mr Loko assured the entire Benue populace that, “as soon as we find a solution to this predicament, we are going to swiftly go into the local government election to ensure we carry out a free and fair poll.”

He recalled that his office was fully prepared to hold the election on March 28th before the ugly situation set in.

“As I speak, the contractor is on his way to the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Makurdi with sensitive materials. We have about 11, 000 Adhoc staff and we would have been carrying out training of our Adhoc staff in the various Local Governments.” Mr Loko said.

According to him, about six political parties have fulfilled conditions to participate in the election where candidates vying for various elective positions have been fully screened.

 

Zainab Sa’id

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