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STAKEHOLDERS IN JOS NORTH HOLD TOWN HALL MEETING AND OK THE CONDUCT OF ELECTIONS IN JOS NORTH




7th October,2021.


Ahead of the Saturday 9th October 2021 Local Government Elections in Plateau State, stakeholders in Jos North have met to discuss critical issues surrounding the elections and the promotion of peace and security of the area.


In attendance at the town hall meeting were representatives from Berom, Afizere, Anaguta, Irigwe, Plateau Central and South Indigenous ethnic groups, Igbo, Hausa, South South, as well as other stakeholders such as former and current elected and appointed political leaders from the Local Government. There were also party stalwarts from PDP, APC, APGA and SDP among others. 


Convener of the meeting and Secretary to the Government of Plateau State Prof. Danladi Abok Atu said the aim of the meeting was to address issues surrounding the Local government elections in Jos North and find a way forward. 


The meeting noted that the time to work for the peace and progress of the Local Government is now, especially looking at the past 20 years where the area has witnessed setbacks related to local government elections.

The meeting which later went into closed door session engaged in a robust discussion and came up with the following resolutions:


1. That is unanimously supports the conduct of the Saturday 9th October 2021 Local Government elections and pledged to work towards ensuring the success of the exercise. 


2. Resolved that in the interest of fairness, equity and justice across all communities, modalities should be put in place for a rotational system of representation particularly on political leadership in Jos North. Accordingly, the town hall meeting agreed to set up a technical committee to work out the framework on zoning arrangement.


3. Advocates that for Saturday’s elections, there should be adequate security presence in Jos North LGA.


4. Equally agree that any person or group of persons that perpetrate violence before, during, and after the elections should be exposed no matter their social stand in society. Additionally, any community which fails to do so will have its leaders held responsible.


5. Elections should not be seen as war, but as a civic responsibility. The people of Jos North should therefore go out to exercise their franchise according to the law and also use all means available to correct the negative impression about local Government elections in Jos North.


6.  Agrees to cascade the resolutions of the town hall meeting to all communities within the Local Government area in order to create greater awareness among the people.

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