The Yobe State Independent Electoral Commission has decided to postpone the local government chairmanship and councillorship elections to May 25, 2024. Dr. Mamman Mohammed, the chairman of the State Independent Electoral Commission, made the announcement during a briefing with stakeholders in the state.
Dr. Mohammed explained that the decision to reschedule the elections was approved by Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, in accordance with the provisions of Section 197 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, as amended. He emphasized that the adjustment in the election date aims to ensure compliance with constitutional requirements.
In his statement, Dr. Mohammed conveyed the governor’s approval and highlighted the significance of disseminating information to the electorate in Yobe State. He urged the media to play a crucial role in ensuring that the information reaches all corners of the state.
Dr. Mohammed also emphasized the importance of security during the electoral process and encouraged stakeholders to provide advice on potential gray areas and vulnerable areas to prevent any unforeseen challenges. He assured that security agencies would be actively involved in ensuring the safety of all polling units.
The chairman affirmed that political parties would be issued election guidelines, enabling them to nominate suitable candidates who can contribute to effective governance at the grassroots level. Dr. Mohammed urged the electoral staff and officers to double their efforts, expressing confidence in their dedication to achieving successful and credible polls.
He concluded by reiterating the commitment of the State Independent Electoral Commission to take responsibility for organizing and supervising the local government council election, ensuring it is free, fair, credible, and peaceful.