From Lawal Sa’idu Funtua, Katsina
Barely three days to the conduct of local government elections in Katsina State, the National Conscience Party, NCP, Katsina state chapter has asked a state High Court to stop the conduct of election until certain issues were addressed.
In a motion of notice with suit no: KTH/595m/ 2014 the plaintiffs namely; National Conscience Party, NCP, Abdulmumini Shehu Sani and Muhammad Saidu Tukur, sought to restrain the defendants in the suit, Katsina State Independent Electoral Commission, Katsina State House of Assembly and Attorney General of Katsina State, from conducting the LG election.
In a prayer to the court, the plaintiffs have sought for an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the KTSIEC from conducting the Saturday 6th September local government elections in the state pending the determination of their substantive suit.
The plaintiffs noted in an affidavit in support of their motion of notice that in an earlier notice of election sent to political parties for the earlier scheduled date of 2nd August 2014 for the conduct of the local government elections they were not notified as a bona fide political party.
They similarly added that when the state electoral body wrote to political parties notifying them for a deadline on the submission of letter of intent to participate in the election their party was not communicated.
They also alleged that when the letter was sent to political parties notifying them on the shift of the election date from the 2nd of August 2014 to the 6th of September 2014 their party according to them was not notified.
The plaintiff also argued that the non-refundable fee for obtaining form for the election was exorbitant and their party members who according to them are peasant farmers cannot afford the fee.