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NIGERIA: Jang Attributes Peaceful Council Elections to Security Arrangements

Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State has attributed the peaceful conduct of the local government area elections in the state to the adequate security measures put in place for the exercise.
The governor who voted at Ladura polling unit in Du district of Jos South Local Government Area of the state at about 1p.m, said: “We made sure that adequate security was provided, that is why the election was conducted in peaceful atmosphere.”
The elections which were generally peaceful also saw an impressive turn out of voters, who came out early to queue.
Speaking on the large turnout, the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Edward Pwajok, said: “The people have seen visible evidence of government’s impact, and have therefore turned out en masse to vote for councilors and chairmen of their choice who will deliver the dividends of democracy to them.”
He described Jang’s government as one that does what it promises to do.
“In my polling unit-G S S, Kanadap-the election started as early as some minutes past 8p.m. It was rather tedious because the people came out en masse, and it has been peaceful,” the commissioner said.
Pwajok said he felt fulfilled seeing that all the legal hurdles before the elections were effectively cleared.
In Chigwi ward, Dandiye polling unit and Darangi II polling unit, all in Jos South Local Government Area, the electorate conducted themselves in an orderly and descent manner, although there were however a few irregularities.
While accreditation and voting were going on in other polling units, the people of Mangu-Halle of Mangu council who were in the queue as early as 7a.m. did not start voting because many of their names were missing from the voters’ register.
Also in Gyel B ward, the electorate were given wrong voters register by the electoral officers in the ward, the problem was later resolved.
The elections were held in 15 out of the 17 local government councils in the state, excluding Jos North and Wase Local Government Areas for security reasons.

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