Abuja, Sept. 4, 2023
Dr Lawan Abdulhamid, Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) for the upcoming Nigerian Citizens Association South Africa (NICASA), has assured of the association’s readiness to conduct a credible election.
Abdulhamid stated this in a statement by Mabel Edonmi, National Publicity Secretary of NICASA on Monday in Abuja.
He said that the election would hold on Sept. 9 at the Nigerian Consulate in Illovo, Johannesburg, South Africa.
The chairman said the election would be free and fair, adding that, there would be no zoning of positions to any specific tribe.
Abdulhamid said: “The IEC is committed to ensuring that credible candidates emerge to unite and lead the Nigerian community in South Africa.
“Out of the 11 offices to be contested, only four of the contestants are incumbents. Campaign officially commenced on Aug. 25.”
Abdulhamid said Mr. Ben Okoli, the outgoing President-General of NICASA, advised all contestants to maintain a campaign free from bigotry, verbal abuse and personal attacks.
He said that the election would determine the new national executives who would lead and serve the Nigerian community in the country till 2027.
Delegates from NICASA provincial structures across South Africa’s nine provinces, and various Nigerian professional bodies, social-cultural groups and religious organisations, are eligible to vote.
NICASA had opened all offices for people to contest election and encouraged Nigerians from diverse ethnic backgrounds to participate.
“Key positions like president-general, vice-president and secretary-general required aspirants to hold permanent residence permits, while holder of temporary residence permits, would be eligible to contest for other offices, ” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that NICASA is the apex body representing Nigerians in South Africa.