The Kwara Independent Electoral Commission has shifted the forthcoming local government election in the state from the earlier scheduled date of November 4 to November 18, 2017.
KWASIEC Chairman, Dr. AbdulRahman Ajidagba, said that the shift was in response to requests from stakeholders, one of which is because the election period coincides with the time Muslims would travel to Saudi Arabia for Hajj.
He said, “After the announcement of the election date, people came to us from various political parties, some sent delegates, pleading for a shift of the date.
“They said some people would be on Hajj and that they would need to participate in the electoral process like party primaries. We have, therefore, given a moratorium of two weeks. Election would now hold on November 18, 20 17.
“The commission decided to change the date in order to allow equity, fairness and balance and to allow all interested parties and the electorate take part in the election.”
Representatives of the political parties, who all attended the meeting, did not object to the new date.
They, however, called on KWASIEC to provide a level playing field for all parties.