Yobe Postpones LG Poll Over Insecurity
SAN FRANCISCO, April 18, (THEWILL) – The Yobe State Government has postponed indefinitely Local Government elections expected to be conducted by the State Independent Electoral Commission.
The election earlier scheduled to be held in June was postponed because of the general insecurity in the state.
Chairman of the Commission, Alhaji Jauro Abdu, who announced this after a meeting with members of political parties and security operatives in the state, said the election cannot be held under the present situation.
"The postponement of the election is because of the degenerating security situation in the state and I want to state clearly that the election will be rescheduled at a later date when the security situation improves," he said.
He also lamented that the curfew imposed recently as a result of the deteriorating security does not provide enabling environment for the conduct of the election.
Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, had extended the curfew across the state from dust to dawn after a meeting with all security agencies about a week ago.
The extension of the curfew came after recent killings in Geidam and Babbangida towns in the Geidam and Tarmuwa Local Government Areas.
Only a week ago, the state executive council approved the sum of N192.5 million for the state electoral commission to conduct the Council poll earlier scheduled for June.