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Bauchi LG polls hold 10 August, as Governor Mohammed sacks Alkaleri Caretaker Chairman, Deputy

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Chairman BASIEC, Alhaji Ahmed Makama

By Akanji Alowolodu, Bauchi
Arrangements have been concluded by the Bauchi State Independent Electoral Commission (BASIEC) to conduct another round of local councils elections one year after the last elected Councils were dissolved by the State Governor, Sen Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir.

The BASIEC therefore declared that the elections will hold on Saturday, August 10th, 2024 across the state as revealed by the BASIEC Chairman, Ahmed Makama while briefing Journalists in his office on Friday.

He stated that, “In accordance with the relevant laws, BASIEC hereby gives 60 days notice for the conduct of the local government council elections in Bauchi state.”

He added that, “If you calculate 60 days from today, it will be 6th August which is not a Saturday, and, elections are usually conducted on Saturdays. We have therefore moved the election to Saturday, 10th of August 2024.”

The BASIEC Chairman called on political parties and other stakeholders in the conduct of the election to start the processes which will culmunate in a smooth conduct.

Ahmed Makama assured that the Commission is prepared to deliver a free, fair and acceptable elections which will make Bauchi State a leader in the conduct of Local Government Council Elections in the country.

He added that the Commission will rely on the voters register by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) stressing that, “BASIEC does not keep its own register of voters.

The BASIEC Chairman added that,”With this announcement, the process of selling of nomination forms has commenced and interested people are urged to come out to purchase the forms.

He however reminded the politicians that open campaigns have not started until 30 days to the date of the elections as stipulated in the law.

Meanwhile, Bauchi State governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed has disengaged the services of the caretaker chairman of Alkaleri local government council, Hon Bala Ibrahim, and his deputy.

This was revealed in a letter signed by the secretary to the state government (SSG), Barrister Ibrahim Kashim Mohammed, yesterday, indicating “Disengagement of Caretaker Chairman and Deputy Chairman Alkaleri Local Government Area.”

The disengagement letter was sent to the permanent secretary of the Bauchi State Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.

It reads in part, “The approval of His Excellency, Sen. Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, CON, the executive governor of Bauchi State, for the disengagement of caretaker chairman and deputy chairman, Alkaleri local government area with immediate effect.

“You are therefore requested to instruct the officers to hand over the affairs of the local government to the head of administration,” the letter directed the Permanent Secretary.

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