From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
The Chairman of the Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission, KAD SIECOM, Dr. (Mrs) Saratu Binta Dikko-Audu said the commission is ready to conduct the state local government elections that has lingered for almost three years now.
Addressing the executives of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ Kaduna State Council who paid her courtesy visit in her Kaduna office on Thursday, Dr. Diko-Audu said they have secured 6,000 thousand electronic machines that would be used for the election.
According to her, SIECOM is currently waiting for the Kaduna State House of Assembly members to return from their recess to pass the law that will enable the commission to conduct the election.
“We are ready for the elections; we have also secured and tested the electronic voting machines and we have been holding series of meeting with critical stakeholders like you across the 23 local governments in the state.
“As soon as the members of the state house of assembly resumed from their break, we are sure they will pass the law that will enable us conduct the elections. We will need additional ad-hoc staff that will complement our staff; but we really have to train them. We will also train a group that will act as Rapid Response. Their work will be to arrest any issue that might arise from the electronic voting machines or any other problems,” she said.
Dr. Dikko-Audu disclosed that the 5,101 polling units where the elections will be conducted have been split into small units across the state for crowd control and easy management during the elections.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Comrade Adamu Yusu assured Kaduna-SIECOM of NUJ support in seeing that free, fair and credible elections are conducted.
Comrade Yusuf charged Commission to take NUJ into confidence, as the council is ready to discharge its social responsibility before, during and after the elections.