The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Collation Agent in Kaduna State, Danjuma Bello Sarki has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission to ensure neutrality and stay away from bias.
Sarki noted that so far, the umpire has heard the various complaints from the last presidential and national assembly elections, urging it to correct the lapses identified before the coming elections.
He said this while addressing pressmen during the distribution of election materials to the 23 local government areas of the state in Kaduna on Wednesday.
He said, ” there were issues of non-functionality of the BVAS machines and these issues should have been addressed before the coming elections but for the late arrival of materials, I think INEC has heeded to our advice, being the reason why they commenced distribution today with the hope that by tomorrow, all the LGAs should get their materials. By Friday, we expect that the materials will get to the wards for onward distribution to polling units on Saturday.
“Our call on INEC is to ensure neutrality and to remain unbiased, and not to allow themselves be used. The neutrality displayed at the last election by INEC and security agents was commendable and we expect to see more in the coming election.
” All the grey areas identified should be addressed before the election to enable the electorate exercise their franchise and elect leaders of their choice.
Sarki also urged the security agencies to maintain global standards in the discharge of their constitutional responsibilities, and not allow themselves be used by politicians or political parties to the detriment of society.