Kaduna to improve on e-voting for conduct of council polls 


The Kaduna state government has said that it  will improve on its electronic voting system in the conduct of the August 2021 Local Government elections.
In 2018, the state introduced electronic voting system for the conduct of council polls.
Speaking on Monday while swearing in the Chairman of the Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission (KAD-SIECOM) Dr. Saratu Binta Dikko-Audu for a second term, Governor Nasir El-Rufai said the the state government will improved on the electronic voting machines used in conduct of the 2018 council polls.
The governor who described the KAD-SIECOM chairperson  as tough, smart and independent-minded, said that she ‘’will never be forced to do anything wrong.”
El-Rufai said, “Under her leadership, Kaduna became the first state to conduct elections under electronic voting. There were problems with the Electronic Voting Machines.
“But now with the new improved machines, I think we will conduct an even better election. I am very happy that from today, under her leadership, we know that the election will take place as scheduled in August 2021″.
According to the governor, ‘’part of the reasons why it took time to get her confirmation through the State House of Assembly is because many of our political colleagues were upset that under her watch, the APC lost some local governments.
‘’She did nothing wrong. The APC wins many elections. We have won more elections than the ones we have lost.
Unlike others, we can live with the loss once in a while. And we do not punish people that conduct elections that we lost.”
El Rufai said ‘’various petitions were sent against her clearance by the state House of Assembly, but our state House of Assembly has integrity.
“They took their time, investigated everything and today, we have our chairman for another five-year term.’’
The governor also swore in five new Permanent Secretaries and the new Director-General of the Public Procurement Authority.


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