Kano: Voter suppression, violence mar election in some polling stations

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Voter suppression and violence have affected smooth conduct of election in some polling stations in Kano.

Our reporter who went round many the polling stations in the metropolis reported that there were voter suppression and violence at Chiranci polling center in Gwale Local Government Area of the state.

At Darmanawa and Gawuna polling stations, thugs vandalised ballot boxes and attacked some of the voters but INEC later replaced the vandalised boxes.


In some polling stations in Rogo Local Government, there are also cases of destruction of voting materials by thugs.

In some polling stations in Nassarawa Local Government, there is high incidence of vote-buying and inducement.

But despite the challenges in some areas, there is a huge turnout of voters in many areas.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that voters, especially in parts of Municipal and Nasarawa Local Government Areas thronged their polling units as early as 7 a.m.

The election personnel and materials also arrived as early as 8 a.m. to various polling centres especially at the Emir’s Palace, Kwalli Police Station, School For Arabic Studies and the Old Kano State Library.

Other polling units that witnessed the development were those located in Gidan Makama Primary School, Unguwar Gini Comprehensive Health Centre, Magwan Primary School and Government Junior Secondary School, Race Course.

Similarly, security was tight in all the areas visited with military personnel, the Police, Civil Defence, FRSC and other operatives manning major streets and screening people as they approached the polling stations.

There was also total compliance to the order restricting movement of unauthorized vehicles in the city with the streets virtually deserted.

Shops, shopping malls, restaurants and other places of human endeavour remained closed in compliance with the police order.

NAN also observed that voter turnout was impressive as people came out early to cast their votes under a conducive atmosphere.

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