The Executive Chairman, Adamawa State Independent Electoral Commission (ADSIEC), Isa Shattima, has pledged to conduct free, fair and credible Local Government election in the state.
Speaking during a consensus building on election violence mitigation, organized by USAID/IRI, Shettima told stakeholders that ADSIEC has made adequate arrangements to ensure a hitch-free local government election on December 7, 2019.
According to him, ADSIEC has cleared 51 chairmanship candidates fielded by six political parties ahead of the elections.
The state electoral boss, represented by M.D Joshua, the electoral umpire’s Commissioner for Research and Planing, urged political parties to guard against imposition of candidates against the wish of the electorates.
Earlier in a keynote address, Angee Wambugu, Resident Program Director, IRI, reiterated the commitment of the institute in supporting Nigeria’s democracy since 1998.
Wambugu said, the goal is to primarily partner with political parties to strengthen their internal democratic structures and increase participation of women, youth and PLWD in politics.
“IRI’s current project, funded by USAID, also strengthens oversight and accountability of government programs in Adamawa, Bauchi, Ebonyi and Sokoto States.
“The effort resulted in updated party manifestos and policies which address gaps in service delivery and introduction of bill in the State Houses of Assembly on better access to water,” she said.
Participants were drawn from security agencies, CAN, CSO, political parties, Muslim council, traditional institutions in the state.