Nigerian President and presidential candidate of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) Goodluck Jonathan (C) sits among party leaders during a rally in Maiduguri on January 24, 2015. Boko Haram fighters have killed 15 villagers near Maiduguri, t ~ TUNJI OMIRIN
Hadeji - Late arrival of election materials and personnel may delay the conduct of Presidential and National Assembly elections in Kano.
In Sokoto, however, polling stations opened for accreditation across the state as early as 8.20 a.m, just as thousands of eligible voters besieged polling centres at Hadejia in Jigawa.
The media reports that the exercise in Kano metropolis and some nearby local government areas did not commence as at 9:00 a.m. due to non arrival of election officials.
The polling units visited include Babban Daki in Gwangwazo Quarters and Wanbai in Municipal Area Council and Magwan ward in Nasarawa Local Government area.
Although voters turned out en masse, the electoral officers were nowhere to be found as at 8:30 a.m.
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The media further reports that at Fagge Dandali ward, no official reported to the polling units.
The media reports that there was large turnout of voters in most of the polling units visited waiting for the arrival of officials and election materials.
Meanwhile, a cross section of eligible voters who trooped to various polling units as early as 8:00 a.m. for accreditation had expressed concerned over the late commencement of the the exercise.
Some of the voters, however, called on INEC officials to rise up to the challenge to conduct a hitch-free election in the state.
In Sokoto State the exercise commenced few minutes behind schedule.
Voters were seen by 8:20am queueing up for accreditation in Sokoto North, Sokoto South, Wamakko, Kware, Tambuwal, Isa and Sabon-Birnin Local Governments.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Alhaji Abubakar Saddique said that no fewer than 20,000 ad hoc staff had been deployed to the 3,035 polling stations in the state.
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Gov. Aliyu Wamakko had in a special broadcast to the people of the state on Friday promised that the polls would be hitch-free.
Wamakko also said that the state government, INEC and the various security agencies were partnering to ensure that "nobody felt threatened or intimidated during the polls."
A team of journalists monitoring the polls learnt that the as at around 9.00 a.m., seven voters had been accredited in Bankanu/Rijiyar Kade polling station.
The presiding officer, Ibrahim Abubakar told newsmen that the station opened at exactly 8.00 a.m. and there was no problem.
In Kalalawa primary school polling centre, the presiding officer, Timothy Opeyemi said that five voters were accredited as at 9:00 a.m.
"So far, so good, as everything is working fine and we have all the materials we want,’’ he added.
The media also learnt that Gov. Aliyu Wamakko was accredited at the Gidan Ja'oje polling unit in Wamakko Local Government at about 9:19 a.m.
Meanwhile, thousands of eligible voters on Saturday in Hadejia, Jigawa, turned out for accreditation.
The exercise which started at about 9:00 a.m. recorded high turnout of voters.
At Kofar Arewa polling unit, hundreds of voters were seen on the queues for the exercise.
According to correspondents, the exercise is also going on smoothly at Rumfa, Sabon Garu and Dubantu polling centres.
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The media reports also that policemen and other security personnel are on ground to maintain law and order at the centres.
Malam Ibrahim Abdullahi, a voter, said he went to the polling centre as early as 7:00 a.m and expressed satisfaction with progress of the accreditation exercise.
"Many people have been screened and we will soon be through," he said.
Another voter, Hamisu Garba, commended INEC for commencing the exercise on schedule.
It will be recalled that the INEC in Jigawa had, on Friday, announced that it would postpone election in eight federal constituencies in the state due to lack of ballot papers.
The commission said it would conduct only presidential and senatorial election in the state.