INEC Fixes Sept. 15 For Zaria By-election

Posted: August 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed Sept. 15 for the conduct of by-election for the Zaria Constituency Seat in Kaduna State House of Assembly.

 The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Alhaji Halliru Tambuwal, announced the date at a stakeholders’ meeting in Kaduna on Thursday.

 The election was necessitated by the death of Malam Mustapha Bawa, the  member representing the constituency on the platform of CPC, on July 10, after a brief illness.

Tambuwal told the participants that the forum was created to discuss issues surrounding the exercise and carry all stakeholders along.

 Represented by Alhaji Musa Adamu, the INEC Administrative Secretary in the state, the commissioner said the by-election would be conducted in line with the provisions of  1999 Constitution as amended.

 The constitution provides that a by-election should be conducted within 30 days of the occurrence of a certified death of an elected public officer and not exceeding 90 days.

 According to him, the Clerk of the House of Assembly, Hajiya Umma Hikima, notified the commission about the death on July16.

 Tambuwal said that the legislature had about two years to end and as such INEC could not deprive the constituency of a representative.

According to him, the Assembly Hall of Alhuhuda College, Zaria, will be used as the operational base for the election, while Zaria council secretariat will be used as collation centre.

Other activities outlined for the poll include the conduct of party primaries between Aug. 23 and Aug. 28 and submission of candidates’ list on Aug. 28.

The publication of final list of candidates for the election had been fixed for Sept. 6, while electioneering campaigns were scheduled to  end on Sept. 14.

 He said that the poll would hold in six wards, namely, Kwarbai `A’ and B`, Anguwar, Doka, Fataki and Kaura.

 The electoral chief said about 5,000 personnel would be used to conduct the election in the 169 polling units with 136,165 registered voters.

He said that only ADC, ANPP, APGA, CPC, PDP and PRP would be participating in the exercise.

Tambuwale mphasised INEC’s determination to conduct a free and fair election and urged the stakeholders to play the game according to the rules and shun violence.

All the representatives of the political parties pledged to play the game according to the rules but appealed to INEC and security agencies to remain neutral during the election.

 Also the representatives of the security agencies pledged their readiness to deploy adequate personnel and conduct themselves professionally for the success of the election. (NAN)

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