Armed thugs, allegations of voter intimidation characterise Kano supplementary elections.


Thugs heavily armed were seen in many polling units visited on Saturday morning during the supplementary governorship election in Kano State.

Many voters and supporters of a political party say that thugs were ground to harass them from voting.

In a report by some reporter who were there to observed the elections testify that there are presence of thugs with different types of weapons such as sticks and knives around some of the polling units visited in Rimin Gado Local Government Area and other parts of Kano.

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“High presence of political thugs with heavy weapons is observed in all the polling units visited so far.

“However, they stay a distance away from the polling units,” said Sani Tukur, a journalist observing the elections.

When Mr Tukur and other journalists arrived Rimin Gado, they were confronted by residents who alleged that “no election is going on anywhere because all the ballot papers have been pre-thumb printed.”

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Also, a member of the House of Representatives for Gwale constituency, Garba Disu, arrived the Divisional Police Station in Rimin Gado and complained that “all the ballot papers have been thumb printed.”

But in an interview with the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Zamfara state, Asmau Sani, who is one of three RECs deployed to Kano to assist in the conduct of the elections, debunk the allegations by saying that everything was going on well.

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She said these as she was speaking with journalists at Atawa village of Rimin Gado Local Government Area.

According to her “So far so good, everything is going on smoothly,”

According to reporters,before the journalists left Rimin Gado, they observed that the thugs had moved away from the polling booths but were still seen within the voting area, a situation that could intimidate many voters.

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In Rimin Gado local government, elections are taking place in Attawa, Tammawa, Dika, Gulu, Rimin Gado and Jilli.

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