Police Deploy 15,000 Personnel for Kaduna LG Polls; Voters Hail Use of Electronic Voting Machine

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The Kaduna State Police Command has warned that any breach of peace during Saturday’s local government elections will not be tolerated.

The Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Austin Iwar, gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna.

He said no fewer than 15,000 security personnel have been deployed to ensure law and order during the election, adding that the personnel were from the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies.

The police commissioner advised the electorate to abide by the rules guiding the electoral process.

“Avoid anything that would bring problem to the electoral process; it is to our advantage to have vibrant democracy,” he said.

Iwar urged politicians to control and guide their supporters to ensure a smooth, free, fair and credible electoral process.

“You are also to note that using electronic voting in this local government election is first of its kind in Nigeria.

“The system is very transparent, difficult to manipulate, so, whoever snatches ballot boxes will not achieve anything,” he said

Meanwhile, Voters in Rigasa area of Igabi Local Government of Kaduna State have hailed the use of the electronic voting system in the ongoing local government election in the state.

Those who voted told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday that the process was easier and faster.

NAN reports that verification of voters began at about 9:00am at the two polling units in LGEA Rigasa Primary School, Lokoja road, where voters cast their vote immediately after verification.

Voters in Rigasa area of Igabi Local Government of Kaduna State have hailed the use of the electronic voting system in the ongoing local government election in the state. 

Those who voted told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday that the process was easier and faster.

NAN reports that verification of voters began at about 9:00am at the two polling units in LGEA Rigasa Primary School, Lokoja road, where voters cast their vote immediately after verification.

NAN also reports that election results were printed out to show the electorate that there was no record of votes before the exercise.

Malama Hussaina Maiadashi who voted at polling unit 020 Daura Road, said she was happy with the voting process, saying it was easier than previous elections.

“To be honest this year’s election is better, as you can see I just arrived and within few minutes I am done with both verification and voting”, she said.

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