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El-Rufai promises historic LG elections with over N4b
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By Innocent Senyo
October 12, 2017 17:00:58pm GMT      |      Views: 402

WorldStage Newsonline-- Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai has promised to conduct the most credible local government elections in Nigeria with about N4 Billion spent so far on preparation.

The governor in an Interactive session with youths in Abuja said the state is deploring electronic voting system to conduct the best local government polls that will be a reference point for other states in the country.

According to the governor, "We have appointed local government administrators three times since we came into office because we don't want to conduct local, government election, but because when we came in, we needed time to settle down and understand what is going on. We realized that you can't just come in and conduct local government election the next day unless you plan to write the results as some have done. I didn't think we should do that. People talk about elections without realizing that conducting elections has so many components.”

"First, we needed to set up the state Independent Electoral Commission who will decide when to conduct election. Secondly, elections are very expensive. The type of local government elections we are planning to hold in Kaduna has so far cost us N4 billion and we have not yet conducted the election. We decided that we are going to conduct the cleanest election in Nigeria's history and so, we are going for electronic voting. So, we are importing electronic voting equipment from China and we have had the prototype developed and tested. In a few days time, our State Independent Electoral Commission will take delivery of 300 units with which they will go round the state to demonstrate to the people how to vote using the electronic platform. This was build specifically for us and has to be compliant with the card reader. This machine will be used for the next ten years,” he stated.

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