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NGO engages stakeholders on LG elections in Kebbi

In a bid to ensure that competent candidates emerge, as well as free and fair local government elections are held in Kebbi State, a non-governmental organisation, Kebbi Development Forum, (KDF), has engaged stakeholders in a meeting to discuss ways to achieve this. The stakeholders meeting which took place at Salamatu Hussaini Foundation in Birnin Kebbi […]

In a bid to ensure that competent candidates emerge, as well as free and fair local government elections are held in Kebbi State, a non-governmental organisation, Kebbi Development Forum, (KDF), has engaged stakeholders in a meeting to discuss ways to achieve this.

The stakeholders meeting which took place at Salamatu Hussaini Foundation in Birnin Kebbi was attended by political parties, NGOs, and civil society organisations.

Speaking at the meeting, the chairman, KDF, Professor Danladi Sahabi, said the meeting would identify issues involved in the forthcoming local government election in Kebbi and steps that are needed to be taken to ensure credible and competent people are voted as chairmen and councillors of local government councils.

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He further said the meeting would look at how political parties would be engaged to field credible people as well as engaging the state electoral body (KSIEC) and other relevant stakeholders on the need for conduct of free and fair October local government election in Kebbi.

We will join hands with you as citizens of Kebbi who want to see good governance, decent democracy to ensure that competent people emerge through decent process of election. We want the election to be free and fair and want to see how the electorate, communities are mobilised to vote for credible people in the forthcoming local government election.

The secretary-general of the forum, Alhaji Usman Abubakar, sought the cooperation of all stakeholders towards achieving the set objectives and promised that relevant stakeholders in the election would be engaged including the government.

However, participants at the meeting identified high cost of nomination forms, lack of internal party democracy, money politics, political godfatherism and lack of community mobilisation as some of the issues to be addressed for the election to be successful.

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