By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The group, Community Initiatives to Promote Peace, (CIPP),in collaboration with the Kaduna Peace Commission, (KAPECOM), Pastoral Resolve, (PARE), and National Human Rights Commission, (NHRC) has called for peaceful conduct of Saturday’s Local Government Councils poll in the state.
This is as the group said it deemed it appropriate at this critical times in the history of Kaduna State; seeing reactions of heated political tension in some LGAs within the past few months.
The group at the end of a strategic meeting charged the state electoral body, (KAD-SIECOM) to ensure that the election is free, fair and credible so as to give legitimacy to those who would be elected, and also go a long way to douse tension of any sort.
The group further maintained that religious, traditional, political actors and electorate also have a role to play in ensuring that violence of any kind is avoided and reported to constituted authorities for swift action.
In a statement signed by Rev Danlami Gajere, CPO; Mal Abdullahi Mohammed, IMC; Rev Michael Ikpa, CPAN; Mal Rilwanu Mohammed, CMMRC; Gabriel Idibia, Media; Terngu Gwar, NHRC; and Mohammed Sanusi, PARE; made available to newsmen in Kaduna on Friday, urged the State electoral body, to ensure timely delivery of election materials to Polling Units (PU) among others.
“To also ensure that the election takes place within the requisite conditions of transparency and credibility, including the full and effective participation of eligible voters at all stages,” the statement said.
“Citizens should only facts check social media election results from KAD-SIECOM,” it stated.
The statement also called on KAD-SIECOM to, “accord special consideration for People living With Disability, (PWDs) as they come out enmass to exercise their civic rights during the election.”
While noting that the security agencies are instrumental for a safe conducts at the polls, the group called for “synergy among the security agencies and the people should cooperate with them to ensure a free, fair and credible election.
“We call on the electorate to observed the COVID-19 protocols for their interest” the statement further reads.