Abuja - Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the Chairman,
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), said on Wednesday in
Abuja that the Commission was ready to assist states conduct credible
local government elections.
He spoke when the members of Kaduna State Independent Electoral
Commission (SIEC), led by its chairperson, Dr Binta Dikko-Audu paid him a
Yakubu said INEC was ready to support state electoral bodies to conduct credible local government elections.
He said that it was only when the states were committed to free, fair
and credible elections that the country's electoral processes would be
He commended Kaduna SIEC for considering the use of technology in its forthcoming local government election.
"You have taken a bold step by agreeing to use the technology that has changed elections in Nigeria.
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“I believe that the technology will also change local government elections not only in Kaduna State but in Nigeria.
"We need to get the local government elections right just in the same
way as we have gotten the national elections right and we shall
continue to strengthen the processes and the procedures.
"So, anything that INEC can do to add value to local government elections, I assure you that INEC will do so," Yakubu said.
He promised that INEC would provide the necessary support to Kaduna SIEC towards the state's election as requested.
Speaking earlier, Dikko-Audu said she was at INEC headquarters to
seek the Commission’s support towards the forthcoming local government
election in the state.
The supports according to Dikko-Audu include, the need for INEC to
provide the state with voters register, card readers and if possible
conduct a fresh Continuous Voter Registration before the election.