1 December 2012

Nigeria: Council Polls Hold in Kaduna Saturday

Local government elections will hold in Kaduna state Saturday about four years after the last council polls in 2008.

The council officials who were elected in 2008 were dissolved in January 2011 by Governor Patrick Yakowa following the expiration of their three year tenure.

The councils were being administered by caretaker committees constituted by the state government.

Ten political parties will slug it out in the today in 23 local government of the state.

The 10 political parties who fielded candidates for the election, according to the Chairman of the Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission (SEICOM), Mrs Hanatu Usman Biniyat include the Action Congress of Nigeria Congress for Progressive Change (ACN) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Others are Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), African Democratic Congress (ADC), All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Labour Party (LP), PDMP, LDMP and PM.

Biniyat who spoke at a news conference in Kaduna disclosed further that the 10 political parties fielded a total of 53 contestants for the 23 local government chairmanship positions, while a total of 578 candidates will be vying for councillorship position in the 200 wards across the state.

She said further that over 10, 000 Ad-Hoc staff has been recruited to conduct the exercise, disclosing that about 100 domestic and international observers have been accredited for the election.

The SEICOM boss said voting will start by 8 am and ends by 4pm.

According to her, the result of the councillorship elections will be announced at the ward level, while that of the chairmanship positions will be announced at the local government levels by the returning officers "after which I will collate all the election results and make formal and overall announcement at the SEICOM secretariat".

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