The leadership of various opposition political parties in Niger State has applauded the Niger State Independent Electoral Commission (NSIEC) for reassuring that November 7, 2015 date for local government elections remained sacrosanct.
The parties in a press briefing on Monday in Minna called on the state government to urgently give the Commission adequate logistic support and assistance to enable it conduct a free, fair, credible and acceptable election in the interest of the people of the state.
The Publicity Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Mohammed Saba who led the 12 other political parties in the state charged INEC, security agencies in the state to utilize their wealth of experience especially in the conduct of the last general elections to facilitate a smooth conduct of the forthcoming local government elections in the state.
He insisted on the use of the Card Readers as a panacea for credible and acceptable elections in contemporary Nigerian elections, “which the present administration at national and state levels leadership emerged from.”
Saba urged the Commission not to contemplate postponing the election as insinuated in some quarters just as he explained that institutionalizing local government democracy in Nigeria will mark the entrenchment of lasting democracy in the country.
He called on political parties in the state to continue with their campaigns vigorously for the success of their candidates who are contesting for various positions in the scheduled election.
No fewer than 12 representatives and chairmen of the political parties attended the briefing which included the PDP, AD, PDC, APGA, AA, PPN, HDP, DPP, others are PPA, UPN, UPP and ACCORD.
However, there are insinuations in some quarters that the ruling All Progressives Congress APC was making efforts to postpone the scheduled local government elections and would be making its candidates as Sole Administrators of their various councils pending when the government will be ready for the election.

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