Kogi - Mr Abraham Olaniran, Chairman, Kogi State Independent Electoral Commission (KOSIEC) said on Thursday that the Dec. 8, date fixed for elections into the 21 local councils in the state was feasible.
Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lokoja, Olaniran said preparations for the council polls were in top gear, and that the timetable issued would be strictly-adhered to.
The chairman said the hurdles that militated against conduct of the elections before now had been surmounted.
According to him, the commission is now poised to conduct a peaceful, fair and credible election to avoid unnecessary tension in the polity.
He said that the Dec. 8 date gave ample opportunities for the political parties and the commission to put their houses in order.
He said that deficiencies spotted in the conduct of the 2008 council elections were being addressed to ensure that they did not manifest in the forthcoming polls.
Olaniran, however, appealed to individuals and political parties to come out and offer useful suggestions to the commission on ways to improve our conduct and move the state forward.
“We in the commission are not angels, we are human beings like every other person and can make mistakes. We are looking at political parties as our mirror to correct us where we go wrong.
“This office is open to all political parties; we are not here for individuals or a particular political party.
''This state belongs to all of us, nobody wants any tension. We want a peaceful state."
The chairman said personal data forms for candidates for the election were ready but would only be issued to political parties after the conduct of their primaries in October.
On return of the forms, he said, the commission would look at the particulars of the candidates and see if they met the statutory requirements on qualification, age or whether they have committed criminal offences before.
Meanwhile, the commission is slated to commence its sensitisation tour to local governments areas immediately after the Sallah break.