The Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission (PLASIEC) has promised to be impartial to all the Political Parties during the conduct of the Local Government elections in the state. Chairman of the Commission Mr. Fabian Ntung stated this during a day Youth Workshop on strengthening Citizens Engagement in Electoral Processes in Nigeria Organised by Community Action for Popular Participation and Action Aid held at Country Home Hotel Jos. Ntung, who was represented by the commissioner in charge of Electoral and Field Operations, Patrick Mamgin, said they were ready to conduct free and fair elections in all the 17 local government areas of the state.
“We will be free and fair electoral body without changing the peoples’ candidates and we will be unbiased to all the political parties, and political parties have a role to play to ensure they strengthen the electoral processes,” he said. The PLASIEC chairman debunks rumours of postponement of the elections to 2018, saying as soon as the conflicting Local Government Laws of 2005 and 2007 before the state House of Assembly are amended they will release the guidelines for elections.
“The two conflicting laws are being harmonised to have a single tenure so as to run the councils, because without the amendment any governor who comes can decides on which one to use and governor Lalong has made it clear that he doesn’t want caretaker members to run the local government anymore, so surely we will conduct elections soon,” he added.