Jega says no elections in troubled states



The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, has insisted that the electoral body will not be able to conduct any election in areas affected by the State of Emergency.

Speaking at a forum in the National Assembly, Professor Jega said that the security situation in the areas cannot guarantee the conduct of a credible election.

He added that he had advised against the conduct of the Yobe state local government election, which is scheduled to hold on December 28.

He explained that the security situation in the area has forced the commission not to conduct a bye election to fill the Nangere Constituency position in the state House of Assembly.

The seat was vacated after the death of the deputy leader of the Yobe State House of Assembly, Alhaji Adamu Degubi, who was killed by unidentified gunmen in 2012.

The election, which was initially scheduled to hold in June, was postponed due to security challenges.

Recall that the Chairman of the Yobe State Independent Electoral Commission, Alhaji Muhammad Jauro, had told journalists in September that the emergency rule imposed on the state would not affect the forthcoming local government poll.v