By TERYIMA ANDREW
The Gbong Gwom Jos and Chairman, council of Chiefs in Plateau state, Da Jacob Gyang Buba has charged the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to conduct a free, fair and a credible elections as a means to avoid violence.
The Royal father made the appeal at his palace, during a one day interactive session with executives of INEC and other traditional rulers of the state, on Thursday.
Gbong Gwom Jos, is the chairman, council of Chiefs in Plateau state, he said traditional rulers in the state are ready to admonish their subjects to be peaceful.
In his address, the Plateau state Residence Electoral Commissioner (REC) Mallam Hussaini Halilu Pai, said the commission is ready to conduct an acceptable elections.
He solicited the cooperation of the Royal father’s to enable the commission in the state deliver on the mandate before them.
Mallam Halilu explained that the physically change shall be treated specially during polls. “Persons living with disability will not be mandated to queue before voting.”
The Plateau REC said physically change persons such as the blind can be assisted to vote by biological relations, but not political party agents n matter the relationship.
“Eligible voters with disability, such as the blind, can be assisted to vote, but they must indicate the political party and candidate of their choice, political party agents are not allow to assist anyone to cast vote.”
Mallam Halilu revealed that 73 political parties are participating in the 2019 general elections, and revealed that some electoral materials are ready.
Traditional rulers appealed to INEC to endeavor to be just, and arrive early at polling unites to enable electorates cast their votes.
The traditional ruler from Barkinladi local government said most of his subjects might not be able to vote in the forthcoming elections due to persistent civil unrest.
The royal father explained that most people whose houses were burnt during series of the unrest, also lost their permanent voter Cards (PVC’s)
It was learnt that electorates can wait at polling units after voting, but must be peaceful.