Written by Sam Nwaoko, Ado Ekiti
Against the expectation that the Ekiti State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) would conduct local government polls in December this year, the commission has postponed the elections to January 21, 2012.
According to local radio stations in the state, the commission said it arrived at the decision on Friday after a meeting with relevant stakeholders, including political parties and security agencies.
Sources close to the commission also confirmed the shift in the date and claimed that it was caused by moves made by some political parties in the state as, according to them, “they want to put their houses in order and prepare well for the election. ”
Chairman of the commission, Mrs Cecilia Adelusi, according to the sources, promised that the election would be different from those of the past and assured that the election would be free, fair and credible, as all the political parties would be given equal opportunities.
Meanwhile, the Peo-ples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state may boycott the election since it has gone to court to challenge the injection of some perceived Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) members into the SIEC board, which the party described as antithetical to the tenets of democracy and composition of any electoral body.
Reacting to the development, the Director of Communications and Strategy of the PDP in Ekiti State, Mr Jackson Adebayo, said the commission was “kidding because the composition of the body is already a matter in court.”