By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Chairman Kaduna state independent electoral commission, SIECON, Mrs Saratu Binta Dikko-Audu, has said they have secured 6,000 electronic voting machines for the State local government elections.
Mrs Dikko-Audu also informed that the commission is waiting for the state House of Assembly to pass the law that would enable it conduct the polls.
In an interactive secession with the executives of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Kaduna State Council on Thursday, the SIECON chairman confirmed the acquisition of these machines for use during the elections.
According to her, “SIECOM is currently waiting for the Kaduna State House of Assembly to return from their recess to pass the law that will enable the commission to conduct the elections.
“We are ready for the elections; we have also secured and tested the electronic voting machines, and we have been holding series of meetings with critical stakeholders like you across the 23 local governments in the state.
“As soon as the members of the state House of Assembly resume 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.
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, chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Comrade Adamu Yusuf, assured Kaduna-SIECOM of NUJ support in seeing that free, fair and credible elections are conducted.
Comrade Yusuf charged the Commission to take NUJ into confidence, as the council is ready to discharge its social responsibility before, during and after the elections.