KOGI LG POLLS : SIEC Issues notice of polls, pledges smooth election
The Kogi State Independent Electoral Commission has announced the notice for the scheduled December 12, Local Government Election in the State as part of the provision procedures and preparedness for the polls.
The Notice of election was announced on Monday by the Chairman of the Commission, Mr. Mamman Nda Eri while briefing the press on events of the LG polls where he affirmed SIEC would not hesitate to countermand the polls where security was breached.
The SIEC chairman said “Notice is hereby given to all citizens of Kogi State that 2020 Local Government Elections will take place as scheduled on the 12 December, 2020”
He noted that accreditation and voting would be conducted simultaneously and commence 8:00am and would close by 3:00pm on the said date to enable collation of votes according to the provisions of its establishment.
The Chairman noted that all movements would be restricted except for those on essential and Election duties as Businesses/markets/shops would remain closed within the stipulated Election period.
He further assured that Voting would take place at all designated polling stations, as loitering around the polling units would not be tolerated while noting that security agencies were requested to maintain adequate security throughout the period.
Mr. Mamman while attending to some questions fielded by journalist noted that the commission was on track with its preparation as it has religiously followed its stipulated time schedules adding that some of the needed materials for the election were already on ground.
He revealed that Card Readers would not be used for the Polls as such provision were not included in its guidelines but voters card and voters register provided for by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) would be largely relied on.
Stakeholders at the briefing, including Traditional Rulers, Political party, CSOs, Media, Security Agencies, Religious bodies and others in their separate remarks gave assurances of their respective positive contributions that would engender a smooth and credible polls.
Speaking for the Civil Society Organisation, Mr. Miliki Idris opined that they and other interest were closely monitoring the election to ensure the outcome would be the full expression of the people of the State charging SIEC to undertake the task putting the interest of the people and the state above any other agenda.