By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
The Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission (KADSIECOM) has postponed the local government elections earlier scheduled for May 15, 2021.
Acting chairman of KadSIECOM, Malam Ibrahim Sambo press disclosed this at a press conference held on Wednesday March 3, 2021 at its head office in Kaduna.
“A new date as agreed by the board will now be held in June on 5th,” he said.
He said that at the last briefing held February 15, 2021 where they released copies of timetable for LG Polls billed for May 15, there were complaints from stakeholders which the postponement has addressed.
“The Kaduna State Government’ has fully constituted members of KadSIECOM board, we were sworn in on March 2, 2021.
“Since election is an activity that is time bound, we met at commission level yesterday and took very important decisions, so we are here to brief you on next line of action
“The missing days from last announcement is 16 days, as a result of that we sat and decided to adjust the earlier timetable issued because the commission wants to do a thorough job during the local government elections,” he said.
According to him, “based on the new timetable, activities have started from today, March 3, based on the law, we are supposed to give you 90 days, with this development, we have given you 93 days.
‘You will go with copy of two laws for LG Polls, SIECOM laws and LG Laws,” he announced.
Speaking further, he said that between April 10 to May 10, the political parties are allowed to conduct primaries.
“Monday March 29, collection of forms for contestants to collect forms. Deadline for submission of forms May 12.
“Monday 17 to Wednesday 19 May verification of forms by commission.
“Monday 24 May last day of submission of firm and last day for payment of non refundable deposit.
“May 29, last day for withdrawal of candidates from polls,” he added.
Reacting to the briefing, the Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Kaduna State Chapter, Ibrahim Wusono tasked KadSIECOM on ensuring the elections are free and fair.
“I hope what happened the last time will not repeat itself,” he said.