Mass turnout as Kastina senatorial by-election commences peacefully amidst tight security

Mass turnout as Kastina senatorial by-election commences peacefully amidst tight security

- INEC has commenced the conduct of by-election in Kastina north senatorial district

- The by-election followed the death of Senator Mustafa Bukar, who represented the zone

- Acting President Yemi Osinbajo had on Thursday, August 9, led other APC leaders to Daura to campaign for the party's candidate ahead of the election

The Katsina north senatorial by-election has begun peacefully and smoothly in the 12 affected local government areas of Katsina state on Saturday, August 11, amidst tight security.

NAIJ.com gathered that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) commenced the conduct of the election on time and turn out of voters was impressive.

According to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the verification of names and accreditation of voters began at exactly 8:00 am at various polling centres in the Kastina north senatorial district.

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NAN observed that voters trooped to their respective polling stations to cast their votes under an atmosphere conducive and devoid of rancour or intimidation.

Malam Ali Mani, the ward chairman of Sarkin Yara A in Daura, commended the high voters’ turnout in some of the metropolitan polling centres.

He said that reports reaching him indicated that the election was going on smoothly without hitch.

According to him, even the smart card readers are working efficiently.

Also, Musa Adams, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) agent in the polling unit, also commended INEC for keeping to time and ensuring delivery of election materials in good time.

He said the election commenced simultaneously across the 148 electoral wards in the constituency, adding “I am highly impressed at the voters’ turnout especially women.

Hajiya Halima Aliyu, a voter at ward B in Zango town in Zango LGA, appreciated the good arrangement made by the electoral commission.

She said that INEC has made the election easier and less cumbersome as relevant laws were being implemented.

She called on women to come out en masse to cast their votes, stressing “your vote is your right.”

NAN reports that the by-election followed the death of Senator Mustafa Bukar, who represented the zone.

The Katsina north senatorial district comprises Daura, Maiadua, Zango, Sandamu, Baure, Mani, Mashi, Dutsi, Ingawa, Bindawa, Kankiya and Kusada local government areas. (NAN)

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that two brothers, Kabir Babba Kaita of the PDP and his younger brother, Ahmad Babba Kaita of the APC, are the two major contenders who will slug it on Saturday, August 11, during a by-election to fill the vacant seat of the Katsina north senatorial zone at the National Assembly.

The seat became vacant following the death of Senator Mustapha Bukar, an APC lawmaker last April.

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The elder Kaita, a retired Customs officer, had emerged the PDP candidate by consensus as his only opponent, Mani Nasarawa, withdrew from the race before the primary polls.

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Source: Naija.ng

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