The Taraba State Government is disappointed with the decision by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to reschedule the 2019 general elections.
This was disclosed by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Mr. Bala Dan Abu today in Jalingo.
“Our disappointment is as deep as that of a student who is fully ready for an important examination only for the examiner to fail to come up with the question papers”.
“We have, therefore, taken the postponement with mixed feelings”.
“If INEC had gone ahead with the elections as scheduled, many voters in Taraba State would have been denied the opportunity to vote because of late arrival of materials and several other problems of logistics which the staff of the commission in the state had no solution to”.
“The postponement has, no doubt, taken a huge toll on the resources of our party, its members and teeming supporters who had already travelled back to their wards to vote”.
“The government wishes to appeal to Tarabans to take this ugly and unexpected development in good faith and to stay calm while INEC is battling to put its house in order. They must not allow the postponement to dampen their enthusiasm”.
“We also urge INEC to take advantage of the postponement to do a better job of conducting a free and fair election”.
“We wish to remind the commission that Taraba is a very vast state with terrains that are difficult to reach. These facts must be considered in the timing of the allocation and distribution of materials for the election”.