From Adamu Shehu Imam, Bauchi.
Women came out in numbers to exercise their civic right to cast their votes during the supplementary and re-run elections for the two vacant seats in the House of Representatives for Zaki and Gamawa federal constituencies of Bauchi State.
Our reporter who monitored the conduct of the elections in the two LGAs, observed that women queues were unprecedented to exercise their franchise to elect their preferred candidates.
Some of the women who spoke said that they were properly mobilized by their husbands to come out and cast their votes, stressing the importance of participating in the electoral process.
While speaking to Journalists, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Ibrahim Abdullahi, commended the process saying that it was an improvement on the last election considering the large turnout of voters especially women.
The REC added that there was no logistics issue as all the materials were distributed in good time and they got to the various polling units in good time which made the exercise hitch-free.
On some reported Electoral cases, he said that as at the time of the interview he did not received any negative reports stressing that, “all the Electoral personnel have been well briefed on what to do in case of any problem, I believe that I will get proper briefs from them and will let you know”.
Ibrahim Abdullahi also commended security agencies for providing adequate security in the two LGAs saying that, “the security operation is very commendable and I have confidence that the end will be better”.
The supplementary and rerun elections were as a result of the Court Judgements that nullified the elections conducted last year and urged INEC to conduct supplementary election in Zaki and re-run in Gamawa.
More so, the court of appeal in jos, not only annulled the election, but also barred the candidate of APC Ali Garba Gololo in Gamawa Federal C
onstituency, on the ground of school certificate forgery.
The major two contenders of the re-run election in Gamawa LGA were People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP).
The results of the two elections is expected soonest by the independent national electoral commission area offices, at the two federal constituency.