Kano LG Elections: Fake Ballot Papers In Circulation, Police Restrict Movement
Authorities of Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC), said they have discovered thousands of fake ballot papers already in circulation barely 24 hours to Local Government elections in the northern Nigerian city of Kano.
Dr. Sani Lawal Malumfashi raised the alarm while briefing newsmen on the readiness of the Commission to conduct rancor-free election.
He said already, all materials needed for the exercise has been ready, and promised to send them to all the polling boots in good time.
According to him, the fake ballot papers in circulation are not known to KANSIEC at all, pointing out that the ballot papers are too
ordinary and do not reflect even the original one printed by KANSIEC.
He stated that KANSIEC ballot papers are customized and scientifically printed and could not in any way be forged or replicated.
Malumfashi added that the discovery of the fake ballot papers will be thoroughly investigated with a view to unravel the masterminds behind it.
“KANSIEC on its part will play the game according to the rules as provided by the electoral act, I promise that KANSIEC will never be
carried away by primordial consideration,” he said.
He further stated that KANSIEC has taking into cognizance the mistakes in the past elections and promised that a free and fair election will be conducted and urged the electorates and other stakeholders to be considerate and avoid anything capable of marring the exercise.
Also speaking on the election, Kano state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Adenrele Shinaba said the Command has put every machinery in place to ensure maintenance of peace and order during the election.
He added that police men will be deployed in all the polling boots and strategic locations as early as 6 a.m. Saturday, warning that anybody found violating the electoral law and restriction of movement order will be made o face the wrath of the law as there will be no business activities o any kind as the exercise lasted.
According to him, following a directive by the Inspector-General of Police, MD Abubakar, a police re-enforcement from Katsina and Jigawa are already on ground to help the Command carry out its duties effectively, adding that sister security agencies will also help to
maintain peace and order during the exercise.
Shinaba also warned residents to adhere to the restriction of movement order, adding that as long as the election lasted, there will be no business or trading of any kind.
The Police boss urged politicians and the electorates to play by the rules, nothing that police will not tolerate violation of the
electoral law no matter whoever that is involved, “we will get him or her and make them face the wrath of the law.”