The Taraba State Independent Electoral Commission (TSIEC) on Tuesday announced that Local Government Elections in the state would hold on June 30, 2020.
The election which was earlier billed for May 16 could not hold due to the lockdown imposed on the state as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chairman of the State Independent Electoral Commission, Dr. Philip Duwe announced the new date in a press statement issued to newsmen in Jalingo.
Duwe in the statement said following a meeting held on the 6th of June, 2020, between the Taraba State Independent Electoral Commission (TSIEC), Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC), and some political parties, it was agreed that election should hold on June 30.
Part of the statement read,”TSIEC wishes to announce the resumption of political activities for the 2020 local government council elections earlier postponed.
“Consequently, the new date for local government elections is now 30th of June, 2020.
“Political parties and the general public to take note.”
TSIEC Chairman, Dr Philip Duwe
Security agents are clearly siding with the All Progressive Congress (APC) to rig the ongoing local government polls. A source close to Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku told REPORTERS that the governor has expressed concern that the APC is in cahoots with some security personnel to scuttle the polls.
He said, ” the governor is amazed that people can attack the Chairman of SUBEB and the Commissioner and nothing is done.
The security just watched as the state officials barely escaped with their lives after their vehicles were burnt. The governor believes the security agents are getting their briefs from somewhere else may be from the top and have come to help APC rig the election. “
Also speaking to REPORTERS, Chairman of the Taraba State Independent Electoral Commission (TASIEC), Dr. Phillip Duwe, said elections in Ibi local government has been suspended due to the violence. He said, ” we have decided to call off the polls in Ibi. But our foreign observers are happy with the conduct of the elections in other areas of the state.”