By Aliyu Dangida
Dutse -The Jigawa State Independent Electoral Commission (JISEC) has slated February 13, 2010 to conduct elections into the 27 local government councils in the state.
This was disclosed by the Chairman, State Independent Electoral Commission,Â Dr. Alili Galadima, while speaking with newsmen in Dutse at the end of a meeting between the commission and the executives of political parties in the state.
Galadima explained that the commission had officially notified the existingÂ political parties on the proposed plans and other arrangements made for the elections.
â€œIn line with National Electoral Act, which requires that political parties and general public should be notified on the date of election 150 days prior to the date, Jigawa independent Electoral Commission hereby announced 15th February as a date fixed for conducting local government elections in the state,â€the chairman said.
Galadima revealed that collection of form 001 for affidavit/personal particulars of any interested candidate from any political party would commence on the 2nd of next month to 14th, while the nomination forms collection will be from October 14 and to be returned on 30th of the same month.
According to him, public campaign by political parties will kick up on November 15, 2009 and publication of the list of nominated candidates will be on January 15 while publication of notice of candidates will be on 29th of the same month.
He noted that the commission had been working hand in hand with all political parties in the state and other stalkholders to ensure due process has been followed in preparation and conduct of the elections.
According to him, â€œwe are now putting all techniques and modalities in place to provide equal opportunities to all political parties and individuals wishing to contest in the forth coming elections.
â€œWe have also started consulting with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to provide us with a copy of votersâ€™ registration list which would be used for the election,â€ he said.
He added that the commission required N800 million for the exercise, noting that the commission will recruit 10,000 ad-hoc staff for the elections.