By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The Kaduna State Local Government polls would go on as scheduled on May 12, 2018, Chairman KADSIECOM, Dr. Saratu Binta Dikko-Audu has said.
She expressed this during an Emergency Meeting between Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission (KADSIECOM) and stakeholders including chairmen and secretaries of political parties on Tuesday April 24, 2018 at the Ministry of Local Government Hall.
“By God’s grace elections to hold as scheduled on May 12, we advertised we would conduct with smart card and Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) but INEC has informed that they can’t make the smart card readers available to us.
“It is a great day for the commission, though we lost a lot of materials on the second floor of the building due to fire outbreak, we thank God no life was lost.
“We had to take stock of what we lost in the fire, we concluded that last night and are confident we have enough machines to conduct our elections.
We gathered you to know which way to go. I want to remind you that the nomination your candidates filled are intact but however we lost the affidavit but we would give new forms during the screening,” she informed.
The chairman said that in view of that, the screening of candidates which was to start on Tuesday April 24, will now commence on Wednesday April 25, with those who were billed for the first day, rescheduled for a day after the last set.
In assuring of transparency during the polls, she said that their machines will print summary sheet of the votes cast.
“We appeal to your agents to be there till the end till its transmitted.
“We have situation room in our offices and we are assuring you there is no way anybody can tamper with results.
“We are going to use the voters register and PVC, once confirmed, they vote.
“Once they have voted, they would leave the premises. Make sure you have agents so that the votes of your party protected.
“We want to appeal to you to encourage your members and supporters to be peaceful. Elections in democracy is about the choice of the people. Let us respect the rights of the people.
She charged security agencies to enforce restriction of movement on the election day so that people can move freely to their polling booths