Observers adjudge Kano re-run election free and fair

Acheme Jack, Kano

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A coalition of 18 accredited INEC local and international observers have commended the conduct of Saturday’s governorship re-run election in Kano State.

The leader of Global Initiative for Civic Training and Youth Development, Chinyere Manukwem who read the statement on behalf of others at Tahir Guest Palace Kano said the distribution of both sensitive and non-sensitive election materials, “was done in record time.”

“In most of the polling units visited, election commenced early enough and there was a massive turn out of voters especially women with high presence of security operatives,” she said.

She stressed that based on observations there was high compliance to the restriction of both vehicular and commercial activities.

She also said: “the election was relatively peaceful but for Dala Local Government and Gama ward in Nasarawa Local Government where the election was disrupted in some polling units by hoodlumms.

“We commend the security agents for their quick response in calming the situation as well as the media “for adequate coverage and reportage of the electoral process,” said Manukewm.

The group recommended INEC and others stakeholders in Kano to henceforth educate their electorates on the need for a free and fair election as an election is not a do or die affair, just as they commended the voters for coming out en masse to carry out their civic responsibility.