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Police deploy 12,000 personnel for Kano council polls


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The Kano State Police Command has deployed 12,000 policemen and other security personnel to monitor tomorrow’s local council election in the state.

A statement by the command’s spokesman, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Magaji Musa Majiya, said the move was to forestall possible breakdown of law and order before, during and after the conduct of the election.

Majiya also stated that there would be restriction of vehicular movement between 6:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on the election day and that no tricycle or motorcycle would be allowed to operate within the stipulated time.

Meanwhile, the Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC) has said that election will start at 8:00 a.m. and end 4:00 p.m. The commission posited that voters’ verification exercise and voting would be conducted concurrently.

Chairman of the commission, Prof. Garba Ibrahim Sheka, told journalists that KANSIEC is prepared for the conduct with sensitive and non-sensitive materials available.

He said: “I can confirm that 25 political parties are going into the election but only APC candidates filled all the 484 councillorship and 44 chairmanship slots. PDP is contesting the election with one chairmanship and 18 councillorship candidates.

“As we speak, the commission has received necessary facilities and logistics to conduct the poll.

According to Majiya: “Eligible voters can go out and cast their votes but will not be allowed on any vehicle, motorcycle or tricycle.

“No state government security agencies, such as Hisbah, KAROTA Vigilante, Boys Scout and Man ‘O’ War, will be allowed to dress in uniform to monitor the election.”

He also said that no person would be allowed to carry bags, boxes or suspicious items close to any polling station and collation centre.

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