The Emir of Keffi, HRH Dr. Shehu Chindo Yamusa III, has tasked the Nasarawa State Independent Electoral Commission (NASIEC), on justice, fairness and timely delivery of election materials at various polling units.
Dr. Yamusa III laid the charge when he hosted the Chairman of NASIEC, Barrister Ayuba Wandai Usman and management of the electoral body, in his palace, on Wednesday.
According to the royal father, if NASIEC is able to ensure justice, fairness and timely release of electoral materials, the October 6 local government election, will be successful and peaceful.
He noted that, injustice, arbitrariness and delay in the distribution of election materials, are recipe for crisis during local government election, calling on the NASIEC to conduct the election in such a way as to bring back the confidence of the people in the exercise.
Dr. Yamusa III particularly called on NASIEC to ensure the timely release of results, urging the electoral body, to perfect its strategy towards ensuring that returning officers transmit election results in time in order to avoid heating the polity.
The royal father assured that, the local government election will hold peacefully in Keffi Local Government Area, mostly because Keffi, since colonial times, has continued to record peaceful conduct of election.
He emphasized that Keffi people are none for their discipline, law abiding and as such will conduct themselves peacefully during the October 6 exercise.
Dr. Yamusa III added that, with the sensitization visit embarked by the NASIEC Chairman and his management, is a clear testimony that, he intends to conduct the forthcoming council election according to the rules establishing the commission.
He therefore assured the NASIEC of the total support and cooperation from the Keffi Emirate, towards a peaceful conduct of the election.
Earlier, in his opening address, NASIEC Chairman, Barrister Ayuba Wandai Usman, said the commission finds it necessary to embark on advocacy visits to update traditional rulers on the activities of the commission leading to the election.
Barrister Wandai said the visit, equally afforded the commission the opportunity to meet the people and to hear from them, with a view to clarifying any grey area pertaining to the conduct of the October 6 local government election.
He reiterated that, the NASIEC, under his guide, is fully prepared to conduct credible, free and fair election, across the 13 local government areas, as well as the 147 electoral wards in the state.
Barrister Wandai described the local government as the closest government to the people, while the traditional rulers are the closest leaders to the people, thus underscoring the significance of the visit to the Emir.
He urged the critical stakeholders at the meeting to disseminate information on the activities of the commission leading to the election, as well as call on the people to turn out enmasse to participate in the exercise, especially that NASIEC is committed to delivering an election that will reflect the will of the people.
Before the parley with the Emir of Keffi, the NASIEC Chairman and his management team, had earlier visited the Abaga Toni, HRH Mr. Lawrence Ayih JP, at his palace in Garaku, Kokona Local Government Area.