Electronic Voting Machines To Be Used As Kaduna LG Elections Hold In May – KadSIECOM

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Chairman of KadSIECOM, Mrs Saratu Dikko presenting the local council polls time table to stakeholders on February 9, 2018.
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By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The long awaited local council polls in Kaduna State has been given date, as the time-table was unveiled.
Chairman KADSIECOM, Mrs. Saratu Binta Dikko-Audu 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 polls would hold on Saturday, May 12, 2018 across the 23 local government areas of the state Kaduna
“This is a formal notification of local council polls.
KadSIECOM exists to organise, undertake and supervise LG Polls,” she said.
The Chairman said that Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) issued by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) would  be used.
Electioneering campaign begins immediately. Parties primaries are to be conducted between 20th February to 27th March. Electioneering Campaign ends midnight, May 11,” she declared.
She urged candidates and their parties to respect the serenity of the environment by ensuring their materials don’t deface the environment.
“Candidates and politicians should respect rule of law and ensure they support us in conducting elections that are free, fair and credible,” she added.
In reaction, the Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Honourable Ibrahim Wusono said that though unveiling of the timetable was a welcome development, they would love to inspect the EVMs, at least 7 days before the polls.
“This will give us confidence that the governor of the ruling party will not use it to its advantage,” he added.
KadSIECOM Chairman however, allayed the fears, by assuring that the EVMs will be at every wards and all electorate can see how they work before the election.
In attendance were top KadSIECOM executives, security agencies, political parties and civil society organisations.

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