The Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has called on the Niger State Independent Electoral Commission (NSIEC) to release the result of Tafa local council election by announcing the result.
The IPAC said the delay in the release of the result of the election was generating tension, adding that once the outcome was made public it would douse the current growing tension.
IPAC at the end of its meeting to review the conduct of the election Thursday in Minna, said the umpire should have released result since collation was done at the ward levels.
The exercise was trailed protests following the decision of SIEC to cancel the result after it was alleged the Returning Officer for the area had disappeared.
In a statement signed by its secretary, Mohammed Bello Maikujeri, IPAC observed:
“Council as an umbrella body of all registered political parties in the state and major stakeholder in politics is jealously guided by the interest of political parties but believe that the peaceful coexistence of the people of Niger state is equally paramount.
“In this vein, our attention has been drawn to Tafa local government which is the only contentious area.
“As partners in progress we resolved to advise the commission that, hence collation of results and returns were made at the ward levels and the only reason given by the commission was the disappearance of the Returning Officer.
“We urge for the completion of the process and whoever emerge victorious should be declared winner irrespective of political parties.”
The statement said its position agrees with the leading parties: PDP and APC: “Anything contrary is a contravention to the Niger state electoral law and due process,” it stressed.
It commended security agencies for securing the state and exhibiting high level of professionalism and staying neutral during the election.
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