Zamfara - The Zamfara State House Assembly on Thursday extended the tenure of the 13 local government council chairmen in the state, by three months.
The House approved the extension during its plenary session after resumption from Hajj recess.
This was the second time that the assembly would extend the tenure of local government council chairmen in the state.
The tenure of council chairmen had expired on June 29 and was extended to September 29 by the house as the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) could not conduct elections due to financial constraints.
The letter requesting for another extension of the tenure of the local government chairmen was sent to the House by the state government through the secretary to the government.
Speaking while moving the motion, the House Leader, Isa Abdulmumin, called on members to accede to the request of the state government.
Abdulmumin said the assembly had the powers to extend the tenure if elections could not be conducted for whatever reason.
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"As we know, we extended this tenure by three months which expired last month, based on financial challenges that affected the state government and now we are extending for the second time, to Dec. 29 by another three months.
‘’The extension is to enable the State Independent Electoral Commission (ZSIEC) prepare and conduct election into the councils," he said.
He, therefore, urged the house to grant the request considering its importance to political development in the state.
Speaking, the Deputy Speaker, Abubakar Gummi, who presided over the session, said the house had granted the request of the state government.
Gummi said the local government election in the state would hold in November while handover to the newly elected chairmen would take place in December, 2015.