Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has rescheduled the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, area council election earlier scheduled for Saturday, March 19 to Saturday, April 9.
Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, for the FCT, Prof. Jacob Jatau, announced the rescheduling at an emergency stakeholders meeting, yesterday.
Jatau, while explaining the reason for the rescheduling of the election, said: “the commission is committed to ensuring the conduct of free, fair and credible elections. It is also determined to deliver qualitative electoral services to Nigerians resident in the FCT.”
According to the REC, the commission has reviewed its preparedness to guarantee the required results, and in keeping with its policy on transparency, decided to brief stakeholders on the challenge it has encountered in the recruitment of ad-hoc workers for the election.
“Over a period of time, the commission has collaborated well and enjoyed cordial relationship with the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, but there is a challenge as INEC has been unable to get the required number of corps members for the election scheduled for March 19.’’
The REC said, ‘‘given this challenge, the commission began consultations with authorities of the University of Abuja to get the balance of the required number of ad-hoc workers which has been received but, “it is not possible to adequately train and deploy them for the exercise.
‘‘In the light of this development, the commission has decided to shift the election by three weeks. The new date for the area councils election in the FCT is April 9. The tenure of the current chairmen and councillors will expire on May 17.”
He called for understanding and the support of political parties and other stakeholders since the new date was still within the time allowed by law. He appealed to the media for greater collaboration in the area of dissemination of relevant information to the electorate.
The stakeholders meeting was attended by the Commissioner of Police, FCT, Mr. Wilson Inalegwu; NYSC State Coordinator, Mr. Omotayo Adewoye; representative of the Directorate of State Security Service, Mr. Ilupeju Adebayo; and Administrative Secretary, INEC, FCT, Mr. A.A Adamu.

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