Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State says adequate security arrangements have been provided for the peaceful conduct of local council polls holding this Saturday in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria( NAN)reports that Tambuwal gave the assurance in a state-wide broadcast to the people of the state on Friday night.
The governor said that the government, security agencies, State Independent Electoral Commission ( SIEC) and all political parties are working together to ensure transparent and acceptable polls.
” The elections will be conducted freely, transparently and fairly, and nobody will be disenfranchised.
” I am calling on the people of the state to continue to be law abiding, while they should come out en masse and peacefully cast their votes”, the governor urged.
Meanwhile, SIEC Chairman, Alhaji Usman Abubakar said the commission had distributed adequate sensitive and non sensitive materials across the state for the polls.
He said that 4, 000 card reader machines secured from INEC would be used to enhance the credibility of the elections.
Abubakar further stated that the commission had deployed 15,000 ad hoc staff for the election holding in 3, 035 polling units in 244 wards of the state.
Meanwhile, the police command in the state has announced the restriction of movement between 8.00am and 3.00pm.
A statement signed by the Commissioner of Police, Mr Salisu Fagge warned miscreants and private security guards and volunteers to steer clear of polling units.(NAN)