A group, under the auspices of Concerned Elders of Plateau State, has strongly suggested the postponement of the scheduled October 9, 2021, local government elections in the state.
The group, through its spokesman, Dachollom Jambol, said that conducting the October 9 local government elections would worsen the security challenges in the state.
The former state commissioner explained, “One major area of concern relates to the timing of the elections in view of the re-opening of the University of Jos for academic activities.”
The spokesman recalled that following the breach of the peace which led to the killing of not less than 38 people in the Yelwa Zangam community, a village behind the university, while the 24-hour curfew imposed by the state government was still subsisting.
The former commissioner noted that the state government and parents of students across the entire country had to make emergency arrangements to evacuate their children.
He explained that it is on record that the present government had earlier in 2018 suspended local elections in four local government areas of the Northern Senatorial District, including Jos North citing security concerns.
He stated that security arrangements in those LGAs have not improved but rather deteriorated and called on the Plateau State Government and Plateau State Electoral Independent Commission to postpone the elections until the security situation significantly improves.