Court stops NASIEC from conduct of LG Elections

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From Augustine Kuza Lafia

The Nasarawa State Independent Electoral Commission (NASIEC) has postponed the Local Government Areas (LGAs) elections scheduled for August 31, 2024 indefinitely over summons from the Federal High Court, Lafia.

Barrister Ayuba Wandai, Chairman of the Commission made the disclosure during an emergency meeting with the Nasarawa State chapter of Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in Lafia the Nasarawa state capital.

The NASIEC Chairman explained that the postponement was because the commission was served with an originating summons from the Federal High Court Lafia, from one Mr Paul John and 12 others.

He said Mr Paul and his cohorts had dragged the Nasarawa State House of Assembly and the Commission to the court challenging section 8 (e) of the LG election Law 2018 and the elections guidelines 2024 as released by the Commission.

He further said that as a law-abiding institution, they have studied and analysed the originating summons and issues contained therein and decided to postpone the election indefinitely to face the court case.

He also said that the commission had consulted their lawyers and were advised that a party to a suit is not expected to do anything that can temper with the resolution of the court.

Wandai said that the commission had directed their lawyers to apply for an accelerated hearing of the matter to enable them resume normal election activities

He therefore said that they have postponed indefinitely all scheduled activities leading to the conduct of the August 31, 2024 LG elections.

Responding on behalf of all political parties, Mr Cletus Ogah, IPAC Chairman in the state commended the commission for always carrying them along in their activities.

The IPAC Chairman said already many political parties had gone far in their preparation for the forthcoming elections based on the time table released by the Commission in 2023 however added that they have no option than to wait for the Commission to deal with the court case.