Desmond Mgboh, Kano
Three additional Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) have been deployed to assist in the conduct of the March 23 supplementary elections in Kano State.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Kano State, Professor Shehu Risqua, disclosed this on Thursday during a press briefing, saying the commissioners included those of Kebbi, Ogun and Zamfara states.
According to him, these officers were deployed to support the commission towards effective conduct of the supplementary election in the state and would return to their states at the end of the exercise.
While updating the public on the forthcoming supplementary elections, he said that elections would take place in 279 polling points located in 207 polling units. 75 registration areas spread across 28 local government areas of the state which had a total of 128, 324 registered voters.
He recalled that elections in those areas were cancelled during the March 9 governorship election due to either violence or overvoting or irregularities.
He said INEC would deploy one card reader to each polling unit, adding that the commission had made arrangement for a backup for each of them.
Professor Risqua explained that the commission was putting in everything to ensure a successful polling exercise, adding that it would begin to move the sensitive and non-sensitive materials to the affected areas on Friday morning.
“We are working hard to ensure that we do not have disruptions as much as possible.
“We have had meetings with the political parties and we have appealed to them that we operate an open-door policy and we are ready to do any within the law to be fair to all,” he stated.
He also stated that they had been reassured by the police that there were enough security personnel for the supplementary polls in the state.