Kagarko, Sanga State Assembly Rerun: We Are Ready, Says INEC

By Uangbaoje Alex, Kaduna

Following the rerun elections ordered by the Appeal Court in Kaduna on the Kagarko and Sanga State Assembly Constituencies, the Independent National Electoral Commission, Kaduna State Office on Wednesday said it is set for the January 25th election.

Administrative Secretary of the Commission, Muhammed Auwal, gave the assurance at a Stakeholders Election Committee Forum meeting.

According to him, the rerun elections will be conducted in 36 polling units, where a total of 34,315 eligible voters are expected to cast their votes.

He said all by nonsensitive materials are already on ground, and the money required to execute the project released, adding the Commission will soon commence the recruitment and training of ad-hoc personnel for the elections.

He explained that only serving corps members will be used in the lower cadre, while INEC staff will be deployed as Supervising Presiding Officers (SPOs) and others.

Auwal, said the Commission will use the Smart Card Reader in accreditation, but where there will emerge any issue the incidence form would be used, however noted that there are technical experts that will be going round to ensure the system work effectively.

In his reaction, a member of the main opposition political party in the State, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ben Bako, said it will amount to a total misplacement if they should believe and accept in a hurry that the Commission is prepared owning to what has played out in the past.

According to him, what would happen on the day of the election would be different from what the Commission has outlined.

On his part, former Senator representing Kaduna North Senatorial Zone, made request on behalf of the PDP, that everyone assigned by should be identified by their names and the entities they represented, and that all sensitive materials assigned to all polling units be numbered and listed clearly.

The Acting Secretary of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Yahaya Baba Pate, however commended INEC for their preparations and requested that the pending result score of each of the Local government as declared by the court be made available to all stakeholders.

The INEC Admin Secretary, in his response agreed that there were issues in the 2019 elections but that the Commission has learnt from them and are ready to make amends, saying “if anything was wrongly done in the past, we promised that it will never happen again.”

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