The Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission (KADSIECOM) has postponed the local government elections scheduled to take place on Saturday 4th September to 25th September in four of the 23 local government areas of the state. The elections are however to hold as scheduled on Saturday in the remaining 10 local government areas. In a statement on Friday, the Chairman of the Commission, Dr. Saratu Binta Dikko-Audu, who made the announcement of the postponement, said the decision was informed by the security report. Dr. Dikko-Audu, however, explained that the security operatives would be fully deployed to the affected local government areas on the stated date so as to prevent any breakdown of law and order as well as loss of lives and property. “We are all aware of the recent escalation of the security situation in Kaduna state. I have been reliably informed by security architecture within the state, that security reports in the state would make it impossible to peacefully conduct the local elections in a number of local government areas.
“Consequently, in order to protect lives and property, including those of our election staff and materials, we have had to suspend the election in a number of LocalGovernment Areas and reschedule the election in these Local Government Areas for a later date.”
“After due consultation with members of the Commission, the Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission has decided to reschedule the 2021 LocalGovernment Councils Election in the following Local Government Areas: Birnin Gwari, Chikun, Kajuru, and Zangon Kataf.”
“The Election in these Local Government Areas will now hold on Saturday 25th September 2021. It is our belief that the security operatives would be able to fully deploy to these Local Government Areas for election on the stated date in order to prevent any breakdown of Law and Order as well as loss of lives and property.”
“May l once more plead with both politicians and citizens of Kaduna state to conduct themselves in a manner that will ensure a peaceful election.
KADSIECOM on its part is committed to conducting an election that is free, fair, credible, and non-violent. May God bless Kaduna State.”