Kaduna will not conduct LG elections in 2016

The Kaduna State government of Nigeria will not conduct Local Government elections this year according to reports.
The state government, last year, indicated its wish to hold polls to elect officials to run affairs of the 23 local government areas in the state but it has failed to do so yet.

Investigations, however, revealed that the state government was hampered mainly by litigations on the matter, and the statutory requirement that it must issue 90-day notice before the election.
Among the cases was the one instituted by the former caretaker chairman of Jaba Local Government Council, Alexander Guruza Hyamu, who has dragged the state government to court, challenging the constitutionality or otherwise of having caretaker chairmen in place.

The Kaduna State Chapter of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) had criticised the state government for what it described as its “refusal to conduct the LG polls within 2016 even when it made provisions for it in the current budget.”
The state government, the CNPP alledged, “is afraid that it might lose in the election.”
It said that the governor had broken one of his major promises by by his failure to conduct elections within three months of his inauguration.
It was gathered that apart from including the cost for conducting the polls in the 2016 budget, the state government had earlier in the year sent a team of officials to Brazil to study the system of electronic voting for the purpose of using same for LG elections.
A source in government said that the Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission (KAD-SIECOM) had made a presentation to the government regarding its intention to adopt electronic voting, while the state government had asked the electoral umpire to provide the cost implications and recommend the most appropriate technology and equipment manufacturer to be engaged.
Sources said it was when the KAD-SIECOM completed the task that the state government would consider holding the elections.
“This has nothing to do with fear of losing the election,” the spokesman to the governor, a top government official, who preferred not to be named, said.
“As you can see, we are constrained by some factors that are not our making.”
The spokesman to the governor, Mr Samuel Aruwan, declined to comment on the matter when he was contacted, saying it was a subject of litigation.

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