Fire Would Not Stop Kaduna LG Polls - KADSIECOM Chair
The fire got the building but not the desires of the residents in Kaduna to vote.
The Chairman, Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission (KADSIECOM), Dr (Mrs) Saratu Binta Dikko-Audu has said that elections will still hold on May 12 as earlier planned.
She broke the good news during an Emergency Meeting between the SIECOM management and stakeholders including chairmen and secretaries of political parties in the state.
This is a detour from the bad news that broke earlier on April 21, 2018, after the office of the Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission (KADSIECOM) caught fire and the second floor was not salvaged.
There was confusion over the upcoming local government elections which had been scheduled to hold on May 12 2018.
The Chairman informed the public that some of the materials were destroyed in the inferno, but however stressed that the remaining Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) will be adequate for the election.
Also due to preparations for the 2019 general elections, the use of Smart Card Readers (SCR) will not be used for the local government elections.
Dr Dikko- Audu said the Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) will be used and verified through the voters register to be made available by the INEC.
The State Chairman Labour Party (LP) who doubles as the Chairman Conference of Nigeria Political Party (CNPP), Umar Ibrahim Mairaqumu had asked for a postponement of the election, supported by the Acting Secretary of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Yahaya Baba Pate, but it was turned down sighting legal provisions.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Secretary Ibrahim Aliyu Wusono on his part faulted why the smart card readers will not be used and again the commission said it was the decision of the Independent Electoral Commission(INEC) in Abuja.