PLASIEC partners police for hitch-free council election

INECPlateau State Independent Electoral Commission (PLASIEC) has said that it is working round the clock to ensure a hitch-free and credible election in the forthcoming local government election.

Although a date is yet to be fixed for the election, the state House of Assembly approved a six-month extension of the councils’ tenure starting from January this year.

Chairman of PLASIEC, Mr. Fabian Ntung stated this yesterday when he led management of the commission on a courtesy visit to the Commissioner of Police in charge of the state, Mr. Peter Ogunyanwo in his office.

The commission chairman, who commended security agencies for maintaining peace in the state, stressed that the role of the police in electoral process is of paramount importance.

Besides, he noted that democracy is always anchored on peace and security especially the role of the police, who contributes immensely to the internal security of the nation, adding: “For anything to be done democratically in a democracy, the role of the police is vital and cannot be wished away.”

Ntung said that they were in the office of the police commissioner to seek ways of collaboration and assistance as the celectoral body prepares for local government elections.

According to him, the police would be required to forestall anything that would tamper with the peaceful conduct of the election in the state.

Responding, the police boss thanked the commission for the visit, promising to support and collaborate with them in order to hold a free, fair and peaceful local government election.

Ogunyanwo urged the commission to educate politicians and the electorate on electoral processes.

Meanwhile, the state attorney general and commissioner for Justice, Mr. Jonathan Mawiyau disclosed that they arranging to ensure that the passage of robust laws to the benefits of its citizens.

He contended that the measure has become necessary because most of the laws of Northern Nigeria, which is also applicable in the state, need to be reviewed.

He hinted that though a private firm was hired to that effect, the ministry had to step in to facilitate the process.

Mawiyau expressed the hope that work on some of the outdated laws may be completed on some of the laws next week, with many more likely to be concluded by the end of the first quarter of the year.

He called on the people to have confidence in the administration, assuring that the ministry as it is poised to enact laws that will enhance good governance and promote the wellbeing of the people.

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