Political parties contesting for Dass, Tafawa Balewa Bogoro constituency in Bauchi state have kicked against a plan by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to relocate a collation centre in the areas ahead of the forthcoming general elections.
The protesters from Bogoro, Dass and Tafawa Balewa alleged that INEC wanted to relocate the said collation centre from Zwall in Tafawa Balewa local government area to Dass.
They presented a protest letter at the INEC office in Bauchi on Thursday on behalf of the coalition of political parties contesting for Dass, Tafawa Balewa Bogoro constituency.
Speaking at the event, Bauchi South PDP Zonal Chairman, Isa Babayo Tilde, said that they want INEC to sustain the status quo and not to relocate the collation centre from Zwall to Dass in the interest of peace, justice and fairness.
He informed that the federal constituency was established for the three local government areas of Dass, Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro in 1979.
According to him, after the headquarters of Tafawa Balewa was moved to Bununu in 2013 due to crisis, the collation centre remained in Tafawa Balewa.
Tilde however informed that there was an earlier attempt in 2015 to relocate the collation centre to Dajin due to the crisis but the move was resisted by political stakeholders in the area.
Collecting their written complaint on behalf of the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, the Head of Public Enlightenment and Public Affairs Officer, Mohammed Yahaya Salihu, said the commission will look into their complaint and will be fair to all according to the laws guiding their operations.