By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
The Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission (KAD-SIECOM) has sought for feedbacks from the Local Government Councils in the State on the introduction of the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) during the last Local Government elections held May last year.
The Chairman of the Commission,
Dr Saratu Binta Dikko-Audu, stated this on Monday during a one-day workshop on Electoral Legal and Regulatory Framework for Local Government Councils in Kaduna State held in Kafanchan.
Dr Dikko-Audu, said the Workshop, which was the first of its kind was also to acquaint the Stakeholders with rules that guide Electoral practices so that the populace would enjoy the dividends of democracy.
She said it was also imperative to seek for feedback and reactions following the instroduction of the EVM during the Local Government elections across the State to enable the Commission improve on its usage in subsequent elections.
She added that the report to be produced as a result of the workshop will greatly enhance the quality of KAD-SIECOM service delivery.
The Chairman of the occasion and Provost, Kaduna State College of Education, Gidan Waya, who
commended SIECOM for organizing the workshop described the move as “taking the bull by the horn”, to have come down to the grassroot to discuss electoral matters.
Professor Kure said the event would provide participants the avenue to get expert responses to concerns that would be raised by the participants.
He then expressed optimism that at the end of the program, Kaduna State Electoral process would be better fortified ahead of subsequent elections.
Similarly, Justice Muhammadu Bello, the Chief Justice of Kaduna State who was represented by Mr Murtala Mu’azu, in a keynote address, also commended the organisers saying, the event would avail participants opportunity to discuss and make recommendations on the use of the EVM.
In a remark, the Chief of Kagoro, Mr Ufuwai Bonet who was represented by Mr Lucas Zamani, the Dan Iyan Kagoro expressed concern over the spade of violence that always trail elections.
The Royal father expressed
the hope that the Workshop would provide a brainstorming session between KAD-SIECOM and other relevant stakeholders to fashion out ways of curbing the ugly trend.