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Kano Govt Threatens Law Suit over Irregularities in Voters’ Registration Exercise
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Deputy Governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje

Ibrahim Shuaibu in Kano

The Deputy Governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has said the state government is ready to go to court if the inconsistencies associated with the voters’ registration exercise are not properly addressed.

Speaking with journalists on Thursday in his office in Kano, Ganduje wondered why the exercise was not properly handled by those entrusted with the responsibility of ensuring its total success, saying the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should have expedite action on accomplishing the giant task.

According to him, the issue of voters’ registration is something that should be taken seriously by the government, stressing that, “in an ideal democratic setting, no one is expected to be disenfranchised.”

Ganduje  stated that in an event that the INEC fails to live up to its billings on extending the exercise by seven days, the state government would be left with no alternative than to take legal action against the commission.

“By this statement, I am not one of those alleging any act of sabotage on the part of the commission. What I am trying to say is that, it is an indication of the fact that INEC doesn’t have the capacity to perform the national assignment creditably.”

Ganduje further revealed that the extension would be an opportunity for everyone to be registered, adding that the state government had successfully mobilised the electorate in the state to comprehend the fact that they have a role to play in making the nascent democratic system in the country feasible.

However, the deputy governor stressed that the centres designated for the exercise were inadequate, creating the impression that the hopes of the electorate were completely dashed.

He pointed out that the commission was incapable of conducting the national assignment without hitches.

“The state government has constituted a committee under my chairmanship to ensure all seriousness is given to the exercise,” he added.

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