From Mustapha Adamu, Kano
Ahead of the upcoming Local Government election, slated for Saturday, 16th January, the Chairman of Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC), Garba Ibrahim Sheka has likened election in Kano with war.
Sheka made the statement at the opening of one-day Training for Civil Society Election Observers of 2021 Local Government Elections, held at Mambayya House in the state yesterday.
According to him, election in Kano state requires adequate security because it always looks like the entire world is coming to an end.
He said he witnessed elections in Kogi, Gombe and Borno states where they were conducted peacefully and people moved around as if there was no poll taking place.
Sheka added that “but in Kano, election is always rowdy. It is always like the entire world is coming to an end during election,”
The Chairman however stated that part of the preparation for the Saturday’s election was praying to Almighty God to make the exercise peaceful and violence-free.
He however said that election materials, both sensitive and non-sensitive are ready, adding that the non-sensitive ones are already being distributed to various local government areas.
He added that the election body had delayed distribution of sensitive materials till Friday, adding that adequate security had been provided to accompany the materials to various destinations.
He further stated that all security agencies had promised to give maximum cooperation during the exercise, disclosing that the AIG Zone One had pledged to deploy additional Police officer to provide security during the exercise.