Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Lack Of Funds, Benue Suspends LG Polls indefinitely

The Benue State government has suspended the conduct of local government elections that was to hold in September 3, 2016 because of lack of funds.

It would be recalled that the chairman of the Benue State Independent Electoral Commission (BSIEC), Dr. John Tsuwa had announced that political campaigns should commence immediately shortly after the election date was fixed. The political parties including the governing APC and the opposition PDP had quickly begun sale of nomination forms.

The BSIEC chairman had insisted that for the election to be free, credible and fair, all stakeholders including political leaders must eschew all manner of violence, thuggery, snatching of electoral materials among others.

However, Governor Samuel Ortom and the BSIEC chairman, on Sunday held an emergency meeting with relevant political stakeholders at the People’s House Makurdi. They resolved that the elections should be postponed indefinitely.

It was gathered that Ortom hinged the reason for the suspension of polls on unavailability of funds because of the dwindling federal allocation, the enormous challenge of generating internal revenue and the huge task of releasing money to the state electoral body to conduct the election.

The stakeholders had also discussed extensively the insecurity situation faced by the state including gruesome killings, kidnapping and political thuggery that has resurfaced. They agreed that the council polls, if conducted, would be marred by violence.


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