BreakingNews 20/12/13 - Constitutional crisis threatens proposed Nasarawa LG polls

[ Masterweb Reports: Ahmed Tukur reports ] - Constitution crisis has threaten the proposed Nasarawa local government elections scheduled for 15 March 2014 over the stipulated  number of days notice before conduct of elections and the proposed 2 years tenure of elected local government officials.
 Already, political actors,Stakeholders and some  political parties in the state have kicked against   the  March 15 2014, scheduled for the elections saying that the date is 4 days short of the stipulated 90 days notice as enshrine in the constitution.
They argued that the scheduled date is not in compliance with the constituional provision that   stipulated 90 days notice before the conduct of elections and that the house is yet to passed the two years tenure proposed by the state governor Umaru Tanko Almakura.
 
They said that the scheduled date is 86 days notice short of 4 days of  the stipulated 90 days and threatening to drag the electoral body before the court  to   challenge the legality of the Electoral law to be used by the Electoral body.
 
The state Peoples Democratic party ( PDP ) chairman chief Yunana iliya said that the electoral body has deflated the confidence repose on its members due to the continues postponement of the dates and violations of constitutional provisions.
 
He said that March 15 2014  schedule date for the elections  is in violation of the stipulated 90 days notice.Iliya said that the  party will use legal means to ensure that the proper thing is done.
 
The PDP chairman said that the continues postponement of the local government elections is a calculated attempt to frustrate the process to give the All progressive Congress ( APC ) in power an edge because of their perceived defeat.
 
"That has been the game plan of the Electoral empire in the state, the law said 90 days notice but we suddenly wake up to hear the time table on air which is only 86 days notice,  and also the law says that  political parties must be involved in planning of the time table which was also not done".
 
"PDP as a party will  be forced to use legal means to ensure that the right thing is done".
 
Also,the state assembly house committee chairman on information Hon. Baba Ibaku said that the house is yet to approve the legal frame work as regard tenure of elected local government officials.
 
Ibaku said that the chairman of the commission Dr. Abdullahi Moddibo has no constitutional powers to give the tenure of elected local government officials in the state.
 
He said that the two year tenure announced by the state chairman of the Electoral body will not stand as the house is yet to  passed such law.
 
He explained that the house passed one year but the state governor Umaru Tanko Almakura return the bill proposing two years which the house is yet to deliberate on.
 
Also speaking,  a chieftain of people's democratic Movement ( PDM ) Alh Abdullahi Musa Agwai said the that the action of the Electoral body needs to be investigated.
 
The state independent electoral Commission had on Monday released the time table for state local government elections scheduled for 15 March 2014 and that elected officials will  serve  2 years in office. 
 
Ahmed Tukur ( Email: mrtleadership@gmail.com ).
 
 
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