By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
After 12 years of political sojourn, democratic elections into the twenty Local Government Councils of Bauchi state is to hold today Saturday, 17th October as all non-sensitive and sensitive materials needed for the historic event have been channeled to the designated polling areas.
Speaking while flagging off the election materials distribution exercise in Bauchi Thursday, the electoral commissioner, Alhaji Dahiru Tata disclosed that over 2. 4 million permanent voters’ cards (PVC) could be exhausted in the LG polls which were last held in 2008.
Accordingly, BASIEC said, it has produced over 20, 000 face masks for use by voters who cannot afford it, while all necessary arrangements have been completed for the smooth and safe delivery of election materials to the 323 polling units across the 20 Local Government Areas of the state.
Alhaji Dahiru Tata who explained that the materials which were sorted out on the basis of each of the local government areas corresponding to each electoral ward are in tight security escort to ensure safety, as he expressed optimism that Bauchi will conduct council polls devoid of any rancor, free, just and credible
Tata, earlier while presenting the materials to the designated electoral officers of the commission in the local government area in strict observation of officials of the political parties involved in the elections, warned all stakeholders in the exercise to ensure safe delivery of the election materials for the smooth conduct of the polls.
He commended the support of security operatives, political party officials involved in the conduct of elections, as well as any other stakeholder, urged them to maintain the tempo for the success of the exercise
Meanwhile, the State Police Command assured the people of the state that it has put in place adequate security measures that will provide a level playing ground for all political parties and electorates towards peaceful elections in the state.
The commissioner of police in the state, Lawan Tanko Jimeta therefore appealed to members of the public to come out and cast their vote the election day without fear intimidation from any person or group of persons.
He added, “The police and other sister security agencies deployed will be all out to man every polling unit and to deal with any miscreant, political thugs and other disgruntle element that may attempt to foment trouble before, during and after the election”.
Police Commissioner Jimeta said however that in line with the election rules of engagement in the state and for the purpose of smooth conduct of the election, his command has placed total restriction of movement of persons and vehicles between midnight of Friday 16th October to 2:pm Saturday, 17th October 2020 with the exception of those on essential duties.
“All personalities are barred from going to polling units with their security details on the election day. All parties to the elections are to be caution with all COVID-19 protocols in effect”, Jimeta said.
He also solicited the support of traditional rulers, religious leaders, youth leaders, parents and guardians to prevail on their subjects not to allow themselves to be used in causing disturbance before during and after the polls, as anybody arrested in the act will face the full wrath of the law.