Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has encouraged the Taraba State Independent Electoral Commission TSIEC, to visit States that have successfully conducted Local Government election in order help them strategise and conduct a hitch free election in the State.
Governor Darius Ishaku gave the advice while on working visit to the headquarters of the TSIEC, to acquaint himself with the level of preparation as well as inspect the pace of renovation currently going on which is being undertaken by the new leadership of the Commission.
He assured the Chairman that the money expended on the renovation work will be refunded to the Commission by State Government, adding that, his administration will holistically look into areas that needs urgent Government attention with a view to addressing them most especially now that the Commission will soon carry out a herculean task of conducting elections that his administration expects it to be free, fair and acceptable to the people of the State and beyond.
The Governor also used the opportunity to inform the Chairman and Commissioner of the Commission that the Taraba State House of Assembly had concluded its assignment of passing new laws that will guide the conduct of the forth coming Local Government election, stressing that, his administration will not accept any form of ineptitude during the exercise.
He further maintained that his administration is poised to give the people of the State the best election ever conducted since the creation of the State and reminded the Commission’s Staff that, the onus of conducting credible and acceptable elections lies with them and quickly reaffirmed that his Government will work assiduously and collaboratively with the Commission in ensuring that, all statutory responsibilities to the Commission are fulfilled as required.
Speaking while taking the Governor round the renovation areas, the Chairman of TSIEC, Dr. Philip Danladi Duwe said, the renovation work is part of the Commission’s preparation for the conduct of the forthcoming elections, particularly in providing conducive working environment for all the staff of the Commission in order to enhance productivity.
The TSIEC Chairman however enumerated some of the major challenges of the Commission to the Governor which included, logistics, inadequate funds and lack of sufficient offices for staff and solicited for immediate support from Government so as to be able to deliver on its mandate effectively and successfully.