Barrister Ayuba Usman Wandai, Chairman, Nasarawa State Electoral Commission.

Cecilia Onah, Lafia

The Nasarawa State Independent Electoral Commission (NASIEC) says the August 31, 2024 as date for the conduct of local government elections in the state remained sacrosanct.

Chairman of NASIEC, Barrister Ayuba Usman Wandai, disclosed this in Lafia on Friday when he led other management to appear before the committee on NASIEC, Multilateral and Community Development of the State House of Assembly for its 2023 budget assessment.

Wandai said that the conduct of the election will promote democracy in the grassroots and the state at large.

“We have fixed Local Government election next year, 31st August, 2024. It is a product of law and for us in NASEIC, the date is sacrosanct.

“Party primaries will be conducted from January to February, 2024,” the NASEIC chairman, said.

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He said that the tenure of the present set of elected local government officials would expire by Monday, October 7, 2024, hence the need to conduct fresh election to usher in new Local Government officials.

Wandai commended the House for supporting its activities to succeed.

The NASIEC Chairman also lauded Governor Abdullahi Sule for promoting democracy in the state.

Responding, the House Committee Chairman, Mr Jacob Ajegana Kudu, said that the budget exercise was to know performance of 2023 fiscal year.

“We have invited you as part of our constitutional duties to oversight your activities.

“The House has appropriated funds for you and we want you to tell us how you expended the funds, that is why we are here to assess your 2023 budget performance,” he said.

The chairman of the committee assured NASIEC of the House readiness to support its activities to succeed especially the upcoming elections.

He urged the management of NASIEC to continue to live above board while discharging their duties.