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State of Emergency "not an impediment to conduct of council polls in Yobe"

18 August 2013, 07:20

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.



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