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Kogi SIEC holds LG polls

13 March 2013, 09:10

Lokoja - The Kogi Independent Electoral Commission says it will conduct Local Government election on May 4.

Mr Abraham Olaniran, the Chairman of the commission, made this known at a meeting with leaders of political parties and other stakeholders in Lokoja on Tuesday.

Olaniran said that political parties would hold their primaries from March 15 to March 22.

He gave assurance that the commission was prepared for the election, saying the commission had  toured the 21 Local Governments to ensure smooth conduct of the election.

He said May 4 remained sacrosanct and urged all the political parties to ensure a level playing ground for their aspirants in the primaries.

The chairman, who described the party primaries as a milestone in the electioneering process, urged the parties to adhere strictly to the rules to forestall acrimony, violent and turbulent situations.

He commended the State Government for dissolving the liaison officers who were overseeing the councils, saying the dissolution would pave way for smooth conduct of the primaries and council poll.

One of the Commissioners, Mr Kehinde Asalu, who spoke on the topic, 'Security: Before, During and After the election’, urged the aspirants to always allow God to direct them.

He urged the parties to avoid imposition of candidates.

Mr David Apeh, another commissioner, advised political parties to put in place structures that would address grievances and internal wrangling among members.



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