Plateau Local Government Elections – February 25, 2014

The Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission (PLASIEC) has announced the prosponement for the State Local Government Elections slated for January 30, 2014 to February 25, 2014.

PLASIEC explained in a statement signed by the Executive Chairman of the commission, Peter Dalyop, that “the shift was occasioned by unexpected difficulties encountered in the production of critical election materials by the producer which is taking more time than initially allocated.”
It should be recalled that the polls had been shifted for five times in a row, based on what PLASIEC described as unforeseen hindrances.

It was earlier slated for the first quarter of 2013, then December 7 and later December 8 before the January 30, 2014 date was chosen and now February 25, 2014.

For two years now, the inability of the government to conduct the polls has increased the anxiety and confusion of political parties and people of the state. The government claimed prolonged local government worker strikes and a barrage of litigation by political parties contributed to an inability to conduct the polls.

Security challenges were also cited as a hindrance, consequently creating the need for the government to step up efforts to restore peace and guarantee an enabling environment for meaningful party politics. Unfortunately, these security challenges have also led to the exclusion of Jos North and Wase from the polls.

EiE Nigeria will be monitoring developments as regards the outcome of the electoral process.