Ahmadu Fintiri, Adamawa Governor

Electoral commission affirms Nov 9 for Adamawa council poll

NEW DIGEST–The Adamawa State Independent Electoral Commission (ADSIEC) has declared election will take place on November 9 to pick chairmen and councillors for the 21 local government areas of the state.

ADSIEC had last month, July 8, released a preliminary timetable for the election, indicating the election will take place in November but without specifying the particular day, leaving room for speculations with some residents even suggesting that the election would not hold till December.

Against this, the information Officer of ADSIEC, Vincent Zira, told The Nation correspondent on Wednesday that baring any unforseen development, the council election will come up on November 9, being the second Saturday of the eleventh month of the year.

“For now, November 9 is the fixed date, the election will be conducted on November 9 according to the plan the way it is now,” the ADSIEC information officer said.

In response to the ADSIEC timetable for the election, the political parties, including the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) have issued their respective time tables to guide their members aspiring to be chairmen and councillors.

By the PDP timetable, sales of forms began on Monday, August 5, and would end on August 11, following which submission of completed forms will be between August 12 and 14.

The PDP chairmanship nomination form goes for N500,000 while expression of interest form costs N50,000, amounting to N550,000 for a chairmanship aspirant.

The party’s councillorship nomination form attracts N100,000 while expression of interest form is N10,000.

Women and people with disability going for chairmanship position in the PDP are expected to pay N70,000 for expression of interest and administrative charge, while those of them gunning for councillorship seat will pay N30,000 for same expression of interest and administrative charges. Nomination form for them is free.

For the APC, the State Organising Secretary, Alhaji Ahmed Lawan, signed an official time table indicating that sale of nomination/expression of interest form will be between August 14 and 24, while August 25-26 is for the return of completed forms by the aspirants.

Lawan disclosed that the cost of Expression of Interest form for the chairmanship slot is N50,000, while councillorship position form will cost N20,000; with nomination forms for the offices of chairmanship and councillorship to cost N200,000, and N50,000 respectively.

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