Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC)has confirmed that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has won all the 44 local government chairmanship seats and 484 councillorship seats in the state LG election as officially declared by the returning officers at the various polling units.
A two-paragraph press statement signed by the chairman, KANSIEC, Dr Sani Lawal Malumfashi, and made available to newsmen, stated that the commission has discharged its constitutional responsibilities of organising, supervising and conducting local government polls on May 17, 2014.
The statement confirmed that the election was largely successful and peaceful.
However, the leader of the PDP in the state and former governor of the state, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau has on behalf of the party rejected and condemned the elections in the 44 local government areas of the state due to alleged violation of electoral process and guidelines.
Shekarau said at a press briefing that the party noticed no evidence of any effort by KANSIEC to provide adequate materials and officials to conduct such elections, which resulted in the inability of the PDP voters to cast their votes.
He said that the party has ample evidence that where ballot boxes were supposedly provided, they were short of the number provided for the polling units which made it impossible to accommodate voters, alleging that no voter register was provided to guide the conduct of the election across the state.
Meanwhile, a communiqué jointly signed by the national chairman, Forum of State Independent Electoral Commissions of Nigeria (FOSIECON), Hon Justice A. F. Adeyinka and the national secretary of FOSIECON, Dr Hannatu Usman Biniyat issued to newsmen revealed that having been invited by the KANSIEC to observe the election, it concluded that the election was generally orderly and peaceful.
The statement stated that the delegates observed that three political parties participated in the elections in the areas visited namely APC, Labour Party and PDP.
It further said that the delegates observed timely and adequate supply of materials to all the polling units in the areas visited.
It was also revealed that there was impressive turn out of voters in all the areas visited and the restriction of vehicular movement was strictly observed in all the areas monitored.
The statement pass vote of confidence on security agencies as the security arrangement in general was adequate and security personnel were visibly present and active in the areas visited.
Malam Ibrahim Shekarau could not be seen to be casting his vote at Giginyu polling unit in Nassarawa local government area, as reporters were present in the early hours till closing hour but to no avail.
The announcement of the results of the elections was simultaneously announced by the five local radio stations in the state and read out and declared by the various returning officers of various local government areas.
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