All votes will count – INEC

Timothy Choji, Katsina

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The Resident Electoral Commissioner of Katsina State, North-West Jibril Zarewa has assured voters in the state that their votes for the Governorship and State Assembly elections will count.

Zarewa gave the assurance while speaking to Journalists at Sarkin Yara ‘A’ ward Daura, where President Buhari participated in the election.

He said the Independent National electoral Commission INEC would provide a level playing ground for all candidates participating in the election.

“We believe the conduct of this election will be substantially better than the one we had two weeks ago. We are giving guarantee to all the people of Katsina State that we have done what we should absolutely do and we are giving them equal level playing field, that is, the political parties and we are allowing the people to exercise their voting right without let or hindrance and we are committed to giving them what they have elected,” he said.

Improvement

The Resident Electoral Commissioner said INEC had worked on the lapses recorded during the Presidential and National Assembly election, to enhance a seamless process.

“After every election, what we do is to review and see our performance to see where we had strengths and weaknesses and where we had strength, we reinforced that, where we had weaknesses, we address them.

“You will recall that we had Presidential and National Assembly elections two weeks ago and after the usual review, we have now worked on areas like the capacity of our Staff, the workings of the card readers and the general performance of electoral duties. So we have addressed that and now we are recording considerable improvement during these elections for the Governor and state Assembly members.  

“The deployment of personnel was done in good time; we gave our Staff further training in respect of the operations of the card reader and how to fill the result forms. This time around, the materials reached the Local Governments three days ago and much earlier to the wards and our people are in high spirits,” Zarewa stated.

Although the election started as early as 8:00 am local time but according to reports, there was voter apathy in most parts of the State.

 

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