Courts fixes February 20 for Re-Run Elections in Plateau House of Assembly
Re-Run elections in Pankshin North, Pankshin South and Langtang South constituencies for the House of Assembly in Plateau State, following a court order by INEC, is to be conducted on the 20th of February, 2016.
The INEC Commissioner in Plateau State, Dr. Godwin Kwanga, while disclosing this on Tuesday during a stakeholders’ forum in Jos, said PDP will not participate in the forthcoming re-run election in Langtang South, adding that, those parties that would participate are MPP and APC. No reason was given as to why PDP is to be exempted from the election.
According to him, “Election will hold in the entire Langtang South, which has 10 electoral wards with a total of 49,803 registered people, and 68 polling units, 96 voting points, while in Pankshin North, only Faire ward that was affected, which has 1,765 registered voters; those parties that will participate include MPP, PDP, APC, and LP.”
He said, in Pankshin South, election will be conducted in Chip ward, which has 2 voting points and 1,238 registered; adding that, MPP, AFGA, APC and PDP are to participate during the election.
He further assured the people that most of the materials are already in place; recruitment of supervisors and collection officers has already been made and are undergoing training right now.
According to Kwanga, no PVC, no voting, because Card Reader will be used, and it has a memory; adding that there are other machines that will be used in scanning the result and sent to the headquarters, Abuja.
He said, “We are trying to protect the result; it will also be on record because the figures will be recorded,” adding that, “only 120 Card Readers will be configured in the process.”
Dr. Kwanga further appealed to the Commissioner of Police in the State to restrict movement in the areas and beef up security for a free and fear election.
In his reaction, the acting chairman of the PDP in the State, Hon. R. Dabo, said, the case of Langtang South has been taken to court, and election cannot hold without the PDP, adding that, they are waiting for the outcome of the court. He said they are fully prepared for the re-run of the elections in the state as ordered by the court.