..As insecurity delay B/Gwari CVR till 7th March
By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
The presidential and National Assembly elections campaign by political parties will commence Wednesday 28th September 2022, while that of governorship and states houses of assembly elections is fixed for Wednesday 12th October 2022, according to 2022 electoral Act amendment.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Kaduna state Dr. (Mrs) Asmua Sani Maikudi has said.
The INEC Commissioner Kaduna state disclosed this Wednesday while briefing journalists on amendment of the electoral Act and the continuous voters registration (CVR) and the 10 key areas of the Electoral Act 2022 (As amended).
The commissioner also said the last day of campaign by political parties and state assembly elections would be midnight of Thursday 9th March 2023 respectively.
According to her the conduct of party primaries and resolution of disputes arising from them began between Monday 4th April 2022 to Friday 3rd June 2022.
Dr Maikudi also explained that the CVR is currently ongoing at INEC state headquarters and in all the 23 LGAs of Kaduna state.
She however informed that CVR has just commenced in Birinin Gwai LGA of the state last Tuesday 8th March, in earnest, adding that the delay was due to the obvious issues of insecurity situation in the area.
“But with the intervention of the securities and the commitment and assurances of the stakeholders from the LGA, the exercise has been given a green light and successfully taken off”, she said.
She further stated that the CVR exercises in the LGAs has been given extra attention with the deployment of additional staff and machine to assist in the concluding part of the third quarter and the commencement of the 4th quarter as schedule in the electoral calendar.
On devolution and rotation, she said the CVR will be transiting to a new level with the introduction of movement of men and materials from one Registration Area (RA) to another commencing from Tuesday 8th March 2022 in all the 23 LG in the state based on a rotation schedule, and to enhance fast and efficient delivery of the CVR to all blocks and crannies.
Accordingly, she said additional polling units created and conversion of voting points across the federation by the commission led to the state having more 8,012 polling units.
The issue of over voting , financial independence of INEC, Inclusion of persons with disability, electronic voting accreditation and redefinition of over voting among other key areas of the Act 2022 were also highlighted.