Taraba govt declares 3-day holiday for LG poll

Taraba state government declared 3-day public holidays to enable residents of the state participate in the local government council poll slated for June 30, 2020.

The holiday, which began yesterday (Monday) through July 1, was contained in a statement by Alhaji Hassan Mijinyawa, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Darius Ishaku, Monday in Jalingo.

“The public holiday is to enable civil servants to travel to their respective wards and vote during the local government election slated for Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

“The governor also urged people of the state to be orderly, law abiding and conduct themselves peacefully while discharging their civic responsibilities,” he said.

Meanwhile, a coalition of civil society organisations under the auspices of Eyes on Democracy of Nigeria (EDON) has activated a situation room to monitor the election to ensure that it was free, fair and credible.

The state EDON chairman, Alhaji Muktar Madaki, in a statement Monday, said that a comprehensive report on the electoral process would be made after the election.

“We have been observing the preparations by Taraba State Independent Electoral Commission (TSIEC) and we are so far satisfied with the preparations.

“It now behoves on the people to come out in large numbers to exercise their franchise as responsible citizens.

“We are also calling on security agencies to be civil during the conduct of the election and operate within the ambit of their engagement in regards to electoral matters.

“We also call on TSIEC to ensure that the election is credible, peaceful, free and fair,” he said. (NAN)

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