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Kaduna to Use Electronic Voting Machines for May 12 Council Polls

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Local government elections in Kaduna State, scheduled for May 12, are to be conducted using Electronic Voting Machines.
Speaking at the flag-off of the All Progressives Congress (APC) campaigns for the polls at the Kaduna Township Stadium on Friday in Kaduna,
Nasir El-Rufai, the state governor, said his administration had invested considerable sums in electronic voting because the APC believes that votes must count.
The event was attended by
Chief John Oyegun, national chairman of the APC, Zainab Ahmed, minister of state, Budget and National Planning, and chieftains of the party in the state.
El-Rufai said his administration had made a huge investment ever, to promote electoral integrity and transparency in Nigeria by the using Electronic Voting Machines.
“Our local government elections will be the first ever in Nigeria conducted by electronic voting” he said.
He added that “by introducing electronic voting machines, this government is affirming its democratic credentials, a firm belief that people’s vote must count.”
He noted that the introduction of the card reader by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the 2015 elections helped promote electoral integrity, saying that Kaduna is taking it a step further to bring full electronic voting.
The governor said his the APC government is making life better in Kaduna State, stressing that in the last three years, his administration has “worked hard to overcome the legacy of sorrow that PDP left”.
According to him, 16 years of PDP rule, left most public schools in the state without furniture and other amenities.
He disclosed that his administration has initiated 1,293 projects which are at various stages of completion across the state, adding that the projects are being funded by capital spending.
He said “In each of the two full budget years we have had, 2016 and 2017, this government has spent more than N60bn on schools, hospitals, roads and water projects.
“This injection of at least N120 billion of budgetary investments into our state comes at a difficult period of national economic challenges. “But we have been able to this because we have overthrown the corrupt legacy of the PDP; because the purpose of government has been rightly adjusted to making life better for our people through a commitment to their education, health, jobs and security.”
The governor said he was confident that during the polls, the people will entrust the 23 local governments in the hands of the APC that has given them life.
El-Rufai said: “As firm believers in democracy at the local level, we have invested considerable time in making our local governments fit for purpose.
“It is no exaggeration to affirm that we have reinvented the local government system.
“We inherited a system where many of our local government councils were so over-bloated that at least eight of them could not pay salaries without state government support. “That system was so perverse that funds were illegally squeezed from solvent councils to pay bankrupt councils.
“By changing the laws, and removing their excess personnel burdens, all of our 23 local government councils are now solvent, able to pay their own staff and still have enough funds left to deliver services and projects. We have set our local government councils free from years of bankruptcy!”
In his remarks, the Oyegun, who handed flags to the party’s chairmanship candidates, said he was proud to be present on the day electronic voting was introduced in Nigeria.
Oyegun also received some chieftains of the PDP who decamped to the APC.

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