By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Bauchi PDP governorship candidate, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed has said that the 2019 general elections is one of the best outings of the country judging by what he termed ‘impressive turn-out’ of voters.
“The on-going national elections 2019 is a national phenomenon and it has turn-out to be one of the best outings we have as a country because I can see the turn-out of voters is impressive”, he said.
Senator Bala Mohammed at his Duguri family house of Alkaleri LGA after casting his vote Saturday, observed that Nigerians have come to exercise their universal suffrage, and he was delighted with the exercise despite what described as ‘some hiccups’.
He explained that there were delay of election materials in some polling units, malfunctioning of some card readers while some polling units were not delivered election materials up to 12 noon, saying electorates must be allow to exercise their franchise.
“There are hiccups here and there, but they are not insurmountable. Generally speaking, the turn-out and elections and electioneering were very impressive”
He added, “The hiccups were in the areas of technicalities, some areas were not supplied election materials on time especially in areas of Katagum and some few places”.
“Other areas were the problem that has to do with the card reader, and of course there were no technical support staff on time to repair them, but I think these are some of the areas that INEC has to look on the whole exercise and improve”.
Bala, former FCT minister also alleged that some ballot boxes in Katagum LGA disappeared on distribution from the ward to the polling units, a situation he argued, cannot be done without the connivance of agents of political parties.
“The other problem that has got to do with card reader, it has nothing to do with our Electoral Act, but it is impose on us and I think our technical capabilities have not reach that peak where we will be able to use card readers for optimum efficiency and maximum performance that we want to do”.
According to him, the productivity in this regard is very low in terms of technical support groups for INEC to make sure that it works, saying however that in his local area everything is excellence.
“There is no fight, no rancor, there was mutual understanding, and mutual respect and that is how elections should be done”.
Senator Bala Mohammed therefore called on INEC to conduct elections in areas or places where ballot boxes were said to have disappeared, because it cannot deprived people exercise their rights, as this also makes elections in conclusive in some areas.