Plateau State Governor, Mr. Jonah Jang, has directed the Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission (PLASIEC) to come up with a time table for the conduct of local government.
Jang, who gave directive while inaugurating three new members of the commission and two special advisers in Jos on Monday, said that contrary to speculations, the state had not been able to conduct the election because of the prolonged strike embarked upon by local government workers.
He added that the election was also postponed because of barrage of litigations by political parties.
He urged the commission to come up with a realistic elections guidelines which would be religiously followed to ensure democratic structures are instituted at the grass root.
According to him “We do not have time couple with the anxiety in the minds of our people, I therefore wish to state that the commission is expected ti immediately come up with the time table for the Local Government elections. I equally expect it would be one that is not realistic but would be followed religiously for a successful exercise.
“As men of honour and integrity, you must strive to protect your names by ensuring a free and fair exercise. Let me say this, we have a lot to learnt from the electoral process at the centre. I therefore wish to submit that our electoral process is maturing” he stated.
Jang stressed that government would allow a level playing ground for all political parties and urged politicians in the state to exhibit maturity in their conduct bearing in mind the need to build on the existing peace most parts of the state are currently enjoying.
He said, “Government on its part assures level ground for all political parties while PLASIEC is guaranteed a free hand to conduct the election.
He urged the newly appointed Special Advisers not to see their appointment as an opportunity for “self-enrichment or ticket to good life” but as a service to humanity and fear of God.