By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
Ahead of the Kaduna State local council polls billed for May 12, 2018, the Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission (KadSIECOM) has announced fees to be paid by candidates.
Chairman KADSIECOM, Mrs. Saratu Binta Dikko-Audu announced this, while unveiling the timetable of the election at State Independent Electoral Commission (KadSIECOM) interaction with stakeholders on Friday February 8, 2018 at its headquarters in Kaduna.
She said the commission has not increased the fees candidates are to pay from what was obtainable in the past.
“We have not increased the charges for the candidates, the council chairman candidates will each pay N200,000, while councillorship aspirants will pay N50,000 each,” she announced.
She explained that elections are expensive and what they are charging is very moderate.
In who are those eligible to vote, she clarified that the commission will use the register for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), while advising those who registered newly and have not been cqptured to be patient till the 2019 general elections.
On the recruitment of adhoc staff, sge assured that screening was conducted to ensure onky credible people are on board.
On if the network fails in remote areas on election day, she said voting doesn’t rely on network.
“On election day we are deploying transponders to boost network. But don’t worry about the network, because the machines work without network, the network is only needed when transmitting the results. That can be done when they get back to where there is network,” she assured.
In attendance at the meeting were top KadSIECOM executives, security agencies, political parties and civil society organisations.