Insecurity: Niger State Assembly Orders Suspension Of LG Election –

The Niger State House of Assembly has ordered the suspension of the local government council election as a result of security lapses in the State.

The Speaker of the House of State Assembly, Abdullahi Bawa, gave the order to the state government on August 06, 2022, urging it to direct the Independent National Electoral Commission to suspend the scheduled election.

Bawa also admonished the electoral body to strictlcomply with Section 20 of the local government law and section 29 (1) of the 2022 Electoral Act.

The House lamented that it was abnormal to campaign and conduct elections with the poor security situation in the state.

The motion for the suspension of the local government elections was captured under matters of public importance by the member representing Bosso Constituency, Hon. Madaki Bosso.

On his part, the member representing Suleja Constituency, Shuiabu Iya, stated that it is not appropriate for the government to conduct the local government elections in the face of several people affected by insecurity.

“We are in a very challenging period. Apart from the extant laws, as representatives of the people, we know that holding elections during this period will send wrong signals to the people that we do not care about their plight.

“Let us look at the state of the Niger State environment in terms of security, are we thinking of the security of the lives and properties of the people? Or are we thinking of holding a local government election in this period?

“It is not the right atmosphere for us to contemplate holding an election that involves the real grassroots citizens of this state.

“Most of the places where the elections will be held, the citizens are compromised and have many challenges that I am not sure the government can approach them for campaigns or elections,” he said.

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