The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Kano state north western Nigeria state says it has above 95 percent concluded the distribution of both sensitive and non-sensitive materials for a successful conduct of the Saturday’s Gubernatorial and State House of Assembly elections which will see 101 candidates contesting in the state.
The State Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Prof. Riskuwa Shehu at an update briefing with press men said “the electoral umpire in the state commenced the distribution of materials including sensitive materials to the 44 Local Government Areas and 484 wards as early as Wednesday morning” stressing that “it will be completed before Friday evening.”
H said by the arrangement so far, voters will witness a hitch free election as they go to voting centers Saturday morning to cast their votes, especially as the rack has been activated to ensure prompt delivery of material to all polling units before the commencement of the election..
According to him, 55 governorship candidates including 7 female aspirants will contest under 55 political parties, while 769 candidates will contest for the state assembly seats under 46 political parties.
Based on available data, there is only one seat for governorship and 40 seats for the state House of Assembly in Kano being contested for by the 101 contestants.
Professor Shehu added that the agency had made corrections to all the lapses encountered during the presidential election including re-orientation of Adhoc staff and replacing some.
He appealed to all and sundry having reached the voting age and duely registered with INEC to come out and exercise their civic rights, assuring that adequate security measures have been provided.
Shehu, however cautioned people on the use of the card reader which he said is mandatory for election, while urging them to be law abiding as they vote.
On the faith of the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Kabir Abbah, whose candidature has been under legal tussle, the Commissioner said nothing about the various judgements has been copied to the Kano INEC office by the Headquarters.