Suspected thugs, alleged intimidation of voters reportedly characterise Kano rerun

Suspected thugs, alleged intimidation of voters reportedly characterise Kano rerun

- Armed thugs have been reportedly sighted in some polling units in Kano state

- INEC is conducting supplementary election in Kano and some states of the federation on Saturday, March 23

- It was also gathered that intimidation of voters characterise the election

Some suspected armed thugs were said to have been seen in many polling units today, Saturday, March 23, as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) holds supplementary governorship election in Kano state.

Premium Times reports that many voters and supporters of a political party claimed the thugs were there to intimidate them from voting.

Legit.ng gathered that the elections witnessed the presence of the thugs with various weapons such as sticks and knives around some of the polling units in Rimin Gado local government area and other parts of Kano.

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According to the newspaper, “High presence of political thugs with heavy weapons is observed in all the polling units visited so far. However, they stay a distance away from the polling units.''

It was gathered that when journalists arrived Rimin Gado, they were confronted by residents who alleged that, “no election is going on anywhere because all the ballot papers have been pre-thumb printed.”

A member of the House of Representatives for Gwale constituency, Garba Disu, arrived the divisional police station in Rimin Gado and complained that “all the ballot papers have been thumb printed.”

However, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Zamfara state, Asmau Sani, who is one of three RECs deployed to Kano to help in the conduct of the elections, said everything was going on normally.

She spoke in an interview with journalists at Atawa village of Rimin Gado local government area.

“So far so good, everything is going on smoothly,” she said.

It was learnt that before the journalists left Rimin Gado, they observed that the thugs had moved away from the polling booths but were still seen within the voting area, a situation that could intimidate many voters.

In Rimin Gado local government, elections are taking place in Attawa, Tammawa, Dika, Gulu, Rimin Gado and Jilli.

Apart from Kano state, supplementary governorship elections are also holding in Sokoto, Benue, Bauchi, and Plateau states.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that ahead of the governorship supplementary election in Kano, the state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, declared that the commissioner of police, Muhammed Wakili, can no longer be trusted.

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