By, Nick Dugba
The coast is now clear for the conduct of local government elections in Taraba state, as the House of Assembly has passed two bills into Law. They are The Taraba state Local Government (Amendment No 10) Law, 2016, and The Taraba state Independent Electoral Commission (Amendment No 4) Law, 2016.
The new Laws seek to amend the Taraba state Local Government Law, 2000 and the Taraba state Electoral Commission Law, 2002, to reflect a two-year tenure for local councils in the state from the former three in the principal laws.
Rising from an emergency sitting presided over by Speaker, Abel Peter Diah, the House had received the report of the House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs headed by Mark Useni following a public hearing on the Bill.
The two Bills were considered by the House and received the backing of the House after they have passed through the constitutional requirement and the necessary procedures.
The Speaker, Abel Peter Diah, thanked the members for their patience and steadfastness despite the recess they were into.
He then declared that with the passage of the two bills into Law, the government was now free to conduct local council elections in the state and directed the Clerk to communicate the Governor on the new development.