By Peoples Daily
From Ibrahim Sidi uh’d, Gusau
Polling centres across Zamfara State yesterday witnessed a large turnout of women, first time in history that came out to vote in the Saturday election.
In some of the polling units visited by our reporter across the north senatorial zone which comprises Maradun, Anka, Talata Mafara, Bakura, Bukkuyum and Gummi local government areas, women have commended INEC over use of Card Reader as it help to curb the rate of election malpractice.
A voter who identified herself as Hajiya Binta Kulake in Bakura local government area said the number of women had outnumbered men on queues following their satisfaction with the introduction of Card Reader which she said would serve best to capture their votes against manipulation like in previous elections.
“It would now become obvious that the population of women is higher than that of men, therefore should be considered as according to their number when it comes to the benefit of dividend of democracy in the running of all governments”, Kulake challenges.
Peoples Daily Sunday has however observed that there was delay in the delivery of election equipment down to some polling centres in Talata Mafara and Anka local government areas, the development which led to the commencement of voting exercise late against the scheduled hours.
Meanwhile, Governor AbdulAziz Yari Abubakar and Senator Ahmad Sani Yarima have also separately expressed their satisfaction on the use of card reader for the conduct of ongoing elections in the state.
Speaking to newsmen shortly after he was accredited at his polling unit in his Talata Mafara hometown, Governor Yari said the use of card reader must be recorded as the best measure in a fight against election malpractice across the country.
“As you have witnessed, it takes me only 16 seconds to get accredited and the use of this card reader will drastically reduce rate of rigging and the host of unwanted attitudes”.
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