Kaduna Election: Free, Fair, Peaceful. Sambo, El-rufai

Kaduna Election: Free, Fair, Peaceful. Sambo, El-rufai

Election in Kaduna has been adjudged to be generally peaceful, free and fair as against the alienated fear of violence.

The atmosphere was devoid of any security breach and intimidation earlier imagined by many analysts. Although there where cases of late arrival of INEC officials to the polling units.

The vice president, Namadi Sambo and his wife Hajia Amina Sambo were accredited at Kabala, ward 011 swimming pool road/police college.

Speaking to journalists immediately after his accreditation, the vice president expressed satisfaction over the peaceful conduct of the exercise irrespective of the little hitches experienced with the issue of card readers.

According to him the whole exercise is impressive since the card reader is a new innovation to Nigeria “The process went very well and successful, Less than 1minute l got accredited. The turnout is very good including here and for the information we are getting it has been very good in the entire state that state and Nigeria in general.”

“As for the little hitches with the card reader you know is a new thing and this is the first time is being tested in Nigeria and is good to test things that would increase the value of having credible election.” Sambo said.

However, on the basis of this experiences, we are happy to note that INEC has directed that the incidence forms can be utilised where there are issues with the card readers and this has been going and has given everybody the chance to vote. Though information that we are hearing is that there are still few units that are yet to receive their PVCs. I don’t know what INEC is going to do in that respect But generally, for those that have received their PVCs , l think all necessary decisions have been taken and l understand particularly now that INEC has sent in information that every Nigerian that has a PVC should be accredited and be given the right to vote.

In the same vein the APC gubernatorial candidate, Nasiru El-Rufai also commended INEC’s efforts saying “the accreditation went flawlessly, It took less than a minute for me to be accredited.

El-rufai said he is much luckier than Goodluck Johnathan because the card reader did not reject his card or his finger print so that went well.

“What didn’t go well was the fact that the accreditation took place at about 10.30am. That is two and half hours behind schedule. I am disappointed that it took two and half hours for materials get to the polling centres in Kaduna. So , l wonder what is happening in the rural areas but other than that as far as l am concerned is okay.”

He advised INEC to investigates why it took up to 2hrs for materials to arrive at points of accreditation and voting, the problem of capturing fingerprints of eligible voters in some polling units he said INEC already has remedy on ground to solve such challenges.

“INEC has taken care of that because even in the trial runs of the card reader it was anticipated that the card reader might fail in detecting finger prints. That would not do it 100% and there is provision for an incident form to be filled and the voter eventually allowed to vote provided the card reader has authenticated the card. So i think that is not a big problem.”

” The problem we have here in Kaduna state is that the incidence form was not supplied enough so they might have to photo copy the incidence form to take care of all the cases of biometric failure. I don’t think is a big problem.” El-rifai submitted.

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