The Katsina North senatorial by-election has started peacefully and smoothly in the 12 affected local government areas on Saturday, amidst tight security.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC commenced the conduct of the election on time and turn out of voters was impressive.
Verification of names
The verification of names and accreditation of voters began at exactly 8:00 am, (Local time) at various polling centres.
People trooped to their respective polling stations to cast their votes under an atmosphere conducive and devoid of rancour or intimidation.
High voters’ turnout
The ward chairman of Sarkin Yara A in Daura, Malam Ali Mani commended ‘the high voters’ turnout in some of the metropolitan polling centres.’
Malam Mani said that reports reaching him indicated that the election was going on smoothly without hitch.
According to him,“even the smart card readers are working efficiently.’’
The Peoples Democratic Party agent in the polling unit, Musa Adams also commended INEC for keeping to time and ensuring delivery of election materials.
He said the election commenced simultaneously across the 148 electoral wards in the constituency.
“I am highly impressed at the voters’ turnout especially women,’’ Adams said.
A voter at ward B in Zango town in Zango LGA, Hajiya Halima Aliyu appreciated the good arrangement made by the electoral commission.
Aliyu said that “INEC has made the election easier and less cumbersome as relevant laws were being implemented.’’
She called on women to come out en masse to cast their votes, stressing “your vote is your right”
The by-election followed the death of Senator Mustafa Bukar, who represented the zone.
The Katsina North Senatorial District comprise Daura, Maiadua, Zango, Sandamu, Baure, Mani, Mashi, Dutsi, Ingawa, Bindawa, Kankiya and Kusada Local Government Areas.