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Kaduna LG Polls Using Electronic Voting Records High Turn-Out



The Kaduna State local government councils polls held on Saturday, recorded high turn-out of voters as electorates casted votes using electronic machines.

LEADERSHIP correspondent, who monitored the elections been conducted by Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission (KADSIECOM) noted that the electoral materials arrived many polling units early while other units received late materials.

It further learnt that, the delay in some polling units was due to downpour and logistics challenges.

However, accreditations of eligible voters and voting were smoothly, orderly and peaceful as violent was not recorded at the time of filling this report.

Meanwhile, the Kaduna State Governor , Malam Nasir El-Rufai, said the interest of his administration is to set example for credible elections in Nigeria.

Speaking with journalists shortly after casting his vote at Ungwar Sarki Polling unit 024, El-Rufai,maintained that his administration will set example that Nigerians can hold credible elections.

The governor, said the use of electronic voting machines made the voting process simple and easy , adding that the Kaduna local government elections not only fair , but will be a reference point .

El-Rufai, said the accreditation ,which was done manually instead of using the card readers was the refusal of INEC to allow state electoral bodies access to the card readers: “The problem emanated from the refusal of INEC to allow the state electoral commissions access to the card reader machines.

“After all our engagement with the INEC and assurance, at the last minute to the elections they said they could not provide us with the six thousand card readers that we needed because they are preparing for Osun and Ekiti elections and the 2019 elections.”

“the election process is smooth . I was accredited and voting was smooth, it took less than 10 seconds. I think is a good beginning and I hope it would end as it began” he said.