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NLC to fix new date for its election

The National Administrative Council (NAC) of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has resolved to convene a meeting of its National Executive Council (NEC) on Feb. 18 to decide on a new date for the NLC election.

In a statement in Abuja on Friday, the NLC General Secretary, Dr Peter Ozo-Eson, said NAC swiftly met few hours after the disruption of the 11th National Delegates Conference voting process by some aggrieved members.

"As painful as this unfortunate disruption is, we are determined to work with all those concerned and the organs and friends of the congress to find a way to resolve the impasse.

``This is without the current leadership exceeding the constitutionally mandated time limit of four years,'' Ozo-Eson said.

The statement explained that on the morning of Thursday, Feb. 12, at 8:45 a.m., a printing error was spotted in a few ballot papers by way of duplication of names.

It said that the error affected four candidates out of whom, two were from the opposing camps.

"As regrettable as this error by the credential committee was, its degree was insignificant and could have been resolved amicably by way of vote invalidation.

``This was not to be so, as some delegates who held the view that the entire process might have been corrupted, reacted sharply which led to the suspension of the voting process.''

According to the statement, 3,119 delegates from 43 affiliate unions attended the congress which was the biggest in the history of the gathering.

The statement commended the delegates for attending the congress and appealed to members to be calm, pending the announcement of a new date for the election.

It also commended the media for a comprehensive coverage of the congress.

NAN

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