Governor Darius Ishaku led Government of Taraba State has announced June 29 through July 1 as a public holiday for residents to take part in the state council polls commencing in a couple of hours.
Naija News understands that the holiday is to allow for citizens to travel to their respective districts in other to vote for their candidates of choice in the local government area council elections scheduled for June 30, 2020.
The development was confirmed on Monday morning by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Alhaji Hassan Mijinyawa.
Speaking on the poll process, Mijinyawa said, “The public holiday is to enable civil servants to travel to their respective wards and vote during the local government election slated for Tuesday, June 30, 2020.
“The governor also urged people of the state to be orderly, law-abiding and conduct themselves peacefully while discharging their civic responsibilities.”
In another development, a coalition of Civil Society Organisations under the auspices of Eyes on Democracy of Nigeria (EDON) has commended the Taraba state chapter of the Independent Electoral Commission (TSIEC) for their proactive measures towards conducting credible polls in the state.
Reacting to measures put in place by the TSIEC, chairman of the state’s EDON, Alhaji Muktar Madaki, revealed that a detailed report on the electoral process would be made to the public domain immediately after the polls.
“We have been observing the preparations by Taraba State Independent Electoral Commission (TSIEC), and we are so far satisfied with the developments,” said Madaki.
Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has advised political parties in Edo and Ondo State to adopt conventional, social media for political campaigns ahead of the forthcoming elections.