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Published On: Mon, May 26th, 2014

Election observers fault Kano LG election

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By Lawrence Olaoye

A coalition of election observer groups, comprising 10 civil society groups, yesterday picked holes in the recently concluded local government elections in Kano State.

This is coming as the Kano state governor, Dr. Rabiu Kwankwaso, in a reply through his Director of Press, Baba Dantiye, declared that his government does not submit to blackmails.

The group noted that it was not a good representation of democratic process and as such should be cancelled and declared a nullity.

In a communique by the civil society groups, jointly signed by

Comrade Victor Onyedikachi and Comrade Emeh Eleojo in Abuja, the group observed that while the election witnessed high and encouraging turnout of anxious voters which shows their seriousness towards the election, it was marred by late arrival or non availability of election materials and personnel.

The Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC) had conducted local government election on May, 17 2014. The All Progressives Congress (APC) swept the polls.

The civil society organisations kicking against he poll include: African. Initiative for Sustainable and Positive; Righteous Life Initiative; Patrotic Women Foundation; International Noble Initiative Club; Centre for Grassroot Development and Crime Prevention; Global Development Center for Rescue Mission; Center for Strategy Ethics and Value; Building Peace for Democracy; Leadership And Society and Initiative; Ebila Youth Development Initiative for Africa.

However the communique, observed that voters were unable to cast their vote due to clashes between different party supporters/Agents immediately the election materials arrive their units like Shanono, Kura, Tsanyawa, Warawa LGAs.

They also observed that there were no election materials in many Local Government Areas the visited. Examples are: Kiru, Karaye, Makoda, Bagwai, Shanono, Kunchi, Bebeji, etc.

While submitting that elections never held in these areas, the communique read

“However, results were announced to the surprise of many which led us to believe that there was a stage-managed exercise for media coverage.”

The communique further state “it is our firm believe that majority of the voters in Kano were unable to exercise their franchise and cast their votes freely and democratically as provided for in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

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