By; FUNMI ADERINTO, Kaduna
Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai of Kaduna State who performed his civic rights at Kaduna North Local Government Area in the gubernatorial and state assembly election on Saturday, said that the technology of voting system has improved greatly.
Governor el-Rufai made this known in an interview immediately after casting his vote at his Ungwan Sarki polling unit in Kaduna.
The governor who arrived his polling unit at about 11am alongside his wife, Architect Hadiza el-Rufai, joined the que to cast his vote at around 12:00noon.
In an interview, he said, the polls were free and fair across the state, except few places in Southern Kaduna, voters intimidation where people were being asked to vote for one party or go back home.
The governor who called on Kaduna residents to come out en masse and exercise their franchise, said that the state is peaceful and therefore, people should neglect any form of negative rumours.
Also, he said, “we anticipated some level of violence, but by the grace of God there will be no such report, and robust security arrangements in responding to intelligence and so far, so good, I just hope more people come out to vote,” he said, while lamenting the low voters turn out.
“However, we hope more people come out and vote especially the women.
“A lot has changed for the better, the introduction of technology has eliminated the need for ballot box snatching. In the last election, there were cases were results of ballot boxes snatching and all that, but by the time the tribunal looks at BVAS accreditation record, many of these results will be cancelled and then reruns maybe necessary and winners may be declared,” he said.
According to him, “we have gone a long way and we have improved greatly in our voting process”.
In line with the situation on ground, as early as 7.45am, the INEC officials arrived on time, they were around at polling unit 24 Ungwan Sarki Ward with sensitive materials, the accreditation and casting of votes while eligible voters ready for their voting.
It would be recalled that on February 25, 2023, the presidential election was held across the 36 states in Nigeria, while the eligible voters vote in the candidate of their choices and the Governorship and House of Assembly, slated for today, 18th March, 2023.
At the 24 Ungwan Sarki Ward Polling Unit where Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai voted, voting started by 8.18am.
ICPC waz also seen going around the polling units with their uniform for security purpose and to prevent vote buying.
In an interview with chairman, leader of people with special needs (disability) Alkali Road, Basiru Hassan, he said, “we are here to vote in the candidates of our choice, we pray for a peaceful election”.
Also, he called on whomever emerges Governor of Kaduna State to include the disabled people into the government of the state.
At about 4pm, the counting of voting at the polling unit 24 where the governor voted, was announced by the INEC official, presiding officer, Haruna Safiu.
APC governorship election had 257 while PDP had 81, LP 1, NNPP 2, YPP 1, ADP 3, PRP 4, ZLP 0, invalid 8.
House of Assembly results APC 249, PDP 72, LP 1, NNPP 7, YPP 3, ADP 3, PRP 11, ZLP1, invalid 9.