By Christiana Gokyo, Jos
People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau State has expressed concern over the non-display of the Voters’ Registers as provided by law, while accusing the Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission (PLASIEC) of an intention to disenfranchise the party’s teeming supporters across the Local Governments. PDP is of the view that the voters’ list “is being doctored.”
It also noted that, the secret recruitment of ad-hoc staff by the APC as against the transparent conduct of the exercise is intended to achieve the purpose of rigging and outright declaration of APC candidates, whether or not they win the elections.
The PDP chairman in Plateau State, Hon. Damishi Sango, disclosed this in a statement signed and issue to the Conscience Triumph in Jos, over the weekend, when he said “this further gives credence to the rumours making the rounds that election results would not be declared at the respective levels as provided for by the PLASIEC Law (2017).”
Hon. Sanyo called on Governor Lalong to make public his position on the Local Government Law, as passed by the Plateau State House of Assembly some five months ago.
“We believe that the palpable lapses we have observed in the entire process leading to the conduct of the Local Government elections is not an accident, but a craftily-designed plot to give the APC undue advantage over the other political parties,” he stated.
“We wish to state in clear terms that, while we have worked hard to contain the apprehension of our teeming supporters, we urge the government and PLASIEC to come clear on the issues stated.”
He however stated that, despite the above-mentioned shortcomings, the Peoples Democratic Party is fully ready for the February 17th, 2018 Local Government elections.
According to Sango, under the PLASIEC law 2017, the voters registered as collected from INEC was supposed to be on display, at least one month before the conduct of the council polls; but with just two weeks to go, this has not yet been done.
“We are not sure of those qualified to cast their votes on February, 17, 2018. Under the normal circumstances, recruitment of ad-hoc staffs for the conduct of the polls are supposed to be properly advertised and done in a transparent manner; but we are witnessing a secret exercise being done by the APC chairman in the State,” he lamented.
Hon Sango further asserted that the absence of the local government law was a deliberate attempt on the part of the Lalong administration to build a ‘house without a foundation,’ thereby, creating loopholes for the collapse system and perpetuating the ad-hoc arrangement of management committee with the sole aim of having stooges at level of governance.
He said the law, which was ratified by the Plateau State House of Assembly five months ago, was to empower PLASIEC to organize the conduct of local government election, take care of the tenure and general administration; but the governor is yet to accent to the law.