From Julius B. Kezi, Kafanchan
In readiness to hold a credible local government polls, the Kaduna state independent Electoral Commission (SIECOM), has commenced sensitization drive across the state.
Addressing traditional rulers in their palaces, Chairman SIECOM, Dr. Saratu Binta Dikko-Audu, sought the partnership of traditional institutions in the state to guarantee a credible election.
The SIECOM chairman noted that as traditional leaders of their various communities, they were in better position to preach peace to their people, especially as it affects election periods.
She pointed out that in every election, winners and losers must emerged and stressed the need for contestants and their supporters to learn to accept the outcome and eschew all forms of bitterness in the spirit of good sportsmanship.
Dr Dikko-Audu lamented that politicians in the country place their personal interest above the wellbeing of the electorate, adding that there was need for a change of behaviour. She encouraged people to exercise their franchise to either choose, reject or remove a candidate.
The SIECOM chairman urged people to come out en masse to vote for the candidates of their choice, whom they believe would work for them, regardless of party affiliations.
Responding separately in their various palaces, the royal fathers commended the foresight of the commission in creating awareness on the election, describing it as timely.
Promising to cooperate with the commission on the sensitization drive for sustainable peace, the traditional rulers raised concerns ranging from inadequate polling units, delineation of constituencies, and difficulties encountered in attempts to recall a non-performing elected representative.
Traditional institutions visited included Jere, Kagarko, Koro, Jaba, Gwong, Jema’a Fantswam, Nikyob, Godogodo, Numana, Ninzo, Ayu, Kagoro, Moroa, Bajju, Atyap and Adara chiefdoms.