Governor Sani Bello has declared Thursday a public holiday for elections in the 25 local government areas.
This is contained in a statement by Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Ahmed Matane.
The statement said the public holiday would enable would-be voters to actively participate by going to the polling units and casting their ballots in the elections.
“Government is urging citizens to go out and perform their civic duties on Thursday,” said the statement. “This presents yet another avenue to elect representatives and leaders who expectedly will work for our collective aspirations at the local government level.”
The Niger government further disclosed that markets and offices would be closed during the election period and movement of persons and vehicles would be restricted, except for those on essential duties.
The governor directed all security agencies in the state to ensure violence-free elections, stressing that the government is committed to safeguarding and guaranteeing a hitch-free process.