Insecurity A Major Threat To Taraba Council Polls- SIEC

By Ikenga Chronicles January 16, 2017

— Callistus Agwaza

The Chairman, Taraba State Independent Electoral Commission(SIEC) Chief Philip Duwe has said that the crisis in the state poses a major threat to the state’s council elections scheduled for February 11th.

He said this while addressing the press in his office yesterday on the commission’s preparedness for the elections.

Duwe, who said that the commission has carried out training of persons to be involved in the exercise and is intensifying media campaigns to provide enlightenment said insecurity is the major challenge the confronting the commission.

According to Duwe, all preparations for the elections are already at advanced stages and the commission is able to meet with its schedule of activities but is concerned with the rise in cases of attacks in the state.

“So far, everything is going according to plan for the elections. Our media propaganda is ongoing as well as training. Logistics have also been put in place. Our major concern now is security which poses a threat to the conduct of the elections as scheduled. Without security of lives and property, we can not hold the elections” Duwe said.

Duwe however expressed confidence that peace would return wholly in the state before the elections and called on the people to make positive impact that they would be felt even in their absence.

Council elections which are scheduled to hold across the 16 local government areas in the state on 11th of February this year are considered by many as the ground where the PDP would either consolidate on its existing grounds in the state or the wind of change of the APC would sweep across the state ahead of the 2019 general elections.

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