Damaturu - Alhaji Muhammad Jauro, Chairman of Yobe Independent Electoral
Commission (YSIEC), has said that the state of emergency imposed on the
state, would not hinder the conduct of council polls.
Fielding questions from newsmen in Damaturu on Saturday,
Jauro explained that the state of emergency did not prohibit political
activities and conduct of elections.
He said the commission was ready to conduct the elections any time
from now as most of the non-sensitive materials had been procured.
“We have on ground, most of the materials required for the elections and government has released funds for logistics.
"We have obtained the updated voters register from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
“The commission is however yet to print ballot papers until a date is
fixed and the exact number of political parties participating,
ascertained," he said.
The chairman observed that the security situation in the state had improved and the atmosphere,conducive for the elections.
He said the commission would soon meet with stakeholders, including political parties, to deliberate on the election.
The local government
election was initially scheduled to hold in June this year but had to be
postponed due to security challenges.