Ozumi Abdul Aliu
Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC) on Monday briefed media organizations about the commission’s readiness, preparation and engagements with other stakeholders in the state ahead of the state’s forthcoming local government polls slated for January 16, 2021.
According to KANSIEC Chairman, Professor Garba Ibrahim Sheka the press conference was meant to carry along, seek for support and cooperation of the media since they are a vital stakeholder in the electoral process in the state.
The KANSIEC Boss stated further that the commission also had meetings with political parties and their leaders before coming to the press conference to notify the media about the forthcoming local government election, and assured them that they had agreed that the election should be held on the 16th of January, 2021.
“We just had a meeting with political parties and their leaders, and we have unanimously agreed on the date. We have handed to them time table from when to start campaign, how the election will be conducted, and in case of grievance, it should be addressed arbitrarily “, he stated.
Prof Sheka also disclosed that holding elections on the slated dates has become inevitable because the tenures of the current local government chairmen will expire on the 11th of February, 2021 and also the frown stance of the federal and state governments that the era of caretaker chairmen occupying the helm of affairs of the third tier of the government should be a thing of the past.
While fielding questions from the journalists about how his commission can ensure free, fair and credible election without giving an undue advantage to the ruling party to have a field day, while other parties would be meant to rue their unfortunate ill-luck, the KANSIEC Supremo unequivocally made it clear that the Governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje OFR had made it clear that every political party should be given a level playing ground, and make sure that people’s vote count during the elections at the grassroot.
“The governor himself, Dr Umar Ganduje had made it clear that the elections should be free and fair, and that no party should be given an undue advantage over another, then who are you to say no and say otherwise “, he rhetorically asked.
On the issue of security, Professor Ibrahim also assured that the same method the commission adopted during the previous elections in seeking for the cooperation and assistance of the neighboring states’ security agents will also be in place, stressing that there will be no cause for alarm as the commission will ensure lives and materials are protected during the election.
He therefore thanked all the journalists in attendance for their continued cooperation and support.