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Parties get set for council election


adamawa-bindo-jibrillaThough no official date has been released for the conduct of the Adamawa State Local Government election, serious politicking and awareness has commenced by political parties and their aspirants, ahead of the poll, expected to hold, sometime in June or July this year.

As the 90 days notice of intention released by State Independent Electoral Commission (ADSIEC), is expected to expire on June 15, the parties are intensifying efforts to ensure good outing.

Positions to be occupied are those of chairmen, vice chairmen and councilors in the 21 local government areas of the state.

Recall that the ADSIEC chairman, Alhaji Isa Shettima, convened a stakeholders’ meeting with all political parties and other concerned bodies last March, where it issued the 90-day notice, which commenced from Wednesday, March 16. According to him, the step was in line with section 20 (I) of the Electoral Act of 2002.

Though the poll, at the initial stage was threatened by the crisis in the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), over primary elections, with a court injunction to stop all procedures in connection with the poll, but the coast now seems clear and the parties, ready than before.

At present, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has concluded sales of forms, as submission of forms closed on Friday, May 6. According to the acting chairman of the party, Alhaji Ibrahim Bilal, while presenting timetable for the primaries at a news briefing during the week, he said names of aspirants would be displayed on May 9. “The screening of aspirants will hold from May 11 to May 14, 2016, while entertainment of appeals from the exercise will hold from May 16 to May 17, 2016. Similarly, display of final list of aspirants will hold on May 19, 2016.”

He said the chairmanship and councillorship primary would hold on May 21 and May 28 respectively, while May 30 has been slated for completion/ return of nomination forms to Adamawa State Independent Electoral Commission.

“To avoid too much crowd at the venues of the primaries, SEC has approved accreditation/voting at the same time, using coded and personalised ballot papers,” he added.

Also, according to feelers from the state, the PDP too are intensifying efforts at wooing people at the grassroots, but it might find it difficult to repeat the feat recorded during the last council poll held on November 24, 2012, where it won all the available seats.

Aside the power of incumbency, The Guardian learnt that the PDP is yet to finally put to rest issues of primaries.

It would be recalled that the National Working Committee (NWC), of the party dissolved the state executive council, for what it called the shoddy manner it handled the primaries in the state.

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