The Chairman, Taraba State Independent Electoral Commission TSIEC, Dr. Philip Duwe has said that the crisis in the State pose a major threat to the State’s council elections scheduled for February 11th.
He said this on Monday in his office in Jalingo while addressing journalists on the Commission’s preparedness for the elections.
Duwe, who said the Commission has carried out training of personnel to be used in the exercise and is intensifying media campaigns to provide enlightenment said insecurity is the major challenge confronting the Commission.
According to him, preparations for the elections have reached advance stage and TSIEC is able to meet with its schedule of activities but is concerned with the rise in cases of attacks in some parts of the State.
“So far, everything is going according to plan for the elections. Our media enlightenment is ongoing as well as training. Logistics have also been put in place. Our major concern now is security which poses a threat to the conduct of the elections as scheduled. Without security of lives and property, we can not hold the elections”,he said.
Duwe however expressed confidence that peace would return wholly in the State before the elections and called on the people to make positive impact so that they would be felt even in their absence.
It could be recalled that the commission had last year fixed Council elections to hold across the 16 Local Government Areas of the State on February this year.
The election according to observers will be a litmus test for major political parties in the State ahead of the 2019 general elections.