The Gombe State Independent Electoral Commission (GOSIEC) has said it will conduct elections in the 11 local government areas of the state on February 25, 2017.
Chairman of GOSIEC, Mr. Caleb Maina, disclosed this during a meeting with stakeholders and political parties in the state on Monday.
He urged the political parties to conduct their primaries within the timeframe, adding that “I also call on the leadership of the all political parties that intend contesting this election to impress on their members and supporters to ensure that the state witness peace during their campaigns, primaries, election proper and thereafter”.
He assured all the stakeholders and political parties, that the State Independent Electoral Commission would be honest and transparent during the election, adding that the commission will give a copy of guidelines, nomination forms and election timetable for guidance and compliance.Also speaking, the State Chairman of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Alhaji Saleh Lawan, urged the political parties to participate fully in the election and that they should also bear in mind that politics is a do but not die affair.
He also appealed to security agencies to put measures in place towards a successful election, just like they did during the 2015 general election, which was acclaimed a historical, free, fair and credible election.He also called on the Media to enlighten the general public about the important of local government election.
The State Chairman of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), also assured the commission, on behalf of all political parties, that they would abide by the rules and regulations stipulated by the commission.