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Plateau LG poll - Lalong warns troublemakers

"Declares Friday work free day"

By Golok Nanmwa ,Jos 

7th October, 2021.

As Plateau holds local government election on Saturday, Governor Simon Lalong has said that those who are bent on causing trouble with a view to disrupting the process or causing pain on the people should be warned to shelve the idea because they will not be allowed to succeed. 

He made this known in a state broadcast  to  citizens of the state on Thursday .

The Governor said that Government has directed security agencies to deal decisively with anyone who threatens the lives and properties of law abiding citizens using this election as a cover.

Lalong also said that "As part of the preparations for a successful conduct of the elections, Government has declared Friday the 8th of October 2021, a work free-day to enable all citizens particularly civil servants go to their voting units to participate."

In his words "PLASIEC has assured all citizens, candidates and political parties of its preparedness to conduct free, fair and transparent elections in line with the constitution and other relevant guidelines. "They have also reaffirmed their readiness to deploy its trained personnel and ad-hoc staff to all the polling units to conduct the exercise.

"Government welcomes this assurance by PLASIEC and hopes that all citizens, political parties and their candidates will cooperate with the electoral umpire to carry out this task in a peaceful, safe and unbiased manner."

He added that  PLASIEC has also disclosed that they engaged security agencies at several levels and obtained assurances of adequate deployment of personnel throughout the 325 Wards and 17 LGAs for a hitch-free exercise.

"This is a welcome development which the Government will complement by ensuring that there is peace before, during and after the elections”

He advised  all citizens to come out and vote their candidates and parties of choice without any molestation, harassment or intimidation.

"Security agencies have been directed to provide a safe environment for people to exercise their franchise and determine who represents them at the grassroots level."

"While we commend the good people of Plateau State, security agencies, religious and traditional leaders, the civil society, the media, and the Federal Government for their support which enabled us to overcome the recent security breach in the State, we have to be on our guard to ensure that such infractions do not occur again particularly during this elections."

"Elections are neither war nor an avenue for hatred and bitterness. It is an avenue where people express their will and put their confidence on candidates or parties of their choice to lead them at any particular time." We should not allow religious, ethnic or political sentiments to divide us. Plateau belongs to all of us.

He cautioned citizens to  avoid over-heating the polity and shun hate speech, fake news and toxic propaganda which only polarizes  and damages the collective aspirations.

 He also said that on election Day, Saturday October 9th 2021, all vehicular movements shall be restricted from 7am to 4pm throughout the 17 Local Government Areas of the State. Only those on essential duties will be allowed to move to their duty posts.


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