The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Kano state north western Nigeria has expressed its readiness to conduct a free and fair supplementary governorship election on Saturday in the 28 affected Local Government Areas in the state.
The state Resident Electrical Commissioner (REC) Prof.Riskuwa Shehu at a media briefing at the umpire’s headquarters in Kano said: “All the sensitive and non-sensitive materials for the re-run election have been received and deployment to LGA s will be completed by Friday 9am and will be subsequently followed by sorting and batching for early delivery to polling units.”
He said the distribution will be done in the presence of representatives of all the political parties.
“The election will take place in 75 registration areas, involving 207 polling units and 279 voting points, with a total number of 128, 324 eligible voters to participate in the governorship re-run,” he explained.
He stressed that the agency has deployed 207 card readers with backups and technicians for the election, recruited ad hoc staff and 5percent INEC staff on standby for any eventuality.
He said the agency had received assurances from security agencies with re-enforcement received to forestall breaches, while reminding them to also respect people’s fundamental human rights.
“We are working to make sure that we don’t have any distraction. We have held a series of meetings with security agencies, political leaders and others stakeholders to review our strategies and make them understand that election is not war.”
They have also promised to talk to their supporters to conduct themselves in peaceful manner, just as they were reminded that violators will be dealt with according to the law, “he added.
The agency has also gotten three RECs from Zamfara, Kebbi and Ogun states to assist in ensuring the conduct of a successful governorship election re-run in Kano.
The re-run, a product of an inconclusive governorship election held in Kano on the 9th of March is occasioned by violence in 15 LGAs and over voting in 22 LGAs leading to cancelled votes becoming in excess of the leading vote..
In such a situation, section 26 of the INEC law permits the agency to hold a re-run.
Kano is a political melting point of the northern part of Nigeria with the second highest registered number of voters in the country.