Welcome to our live updates on the Kaduna State local government elections. A unique feature of today’s local government elections in the 23 local government areas of the state is the adoption of electronic voting for the polls. The elections had initially been scheduled to take place in December 2017, but they were postponed in October, to allow the state House of Assembly to amend portions of the electoral law to allow for e-voting.
After resolving that, the Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission announced on February 9, 2018, that the elections would now take place today. Despite assurances by Kad-SIECOM and Governor Nasir El-Rufai that the elections would be free and fair, many of the opposition parties in the state are unhappy with arrangements and security measures in place.
On Friday, 31 political parties withdrew from the elections. The Peoples Democratic Party, however, declined to align with the other opposition parties and called on its supporters to participate in the exercise.
Accreditation and voting are expected to take place between 8 am and 4 pm, in all 5,100 polling units across the 23 local government areas of the state. The distribution of voting materials from the local government levels to the polling units started as early as 6am.
7:44am: Voters are seen checking their names on lists posted at polling units while waiting for electoral officials.
7:51 am: Electoral officials were yet to arrive at some polling units visited by our correspondents.
9:15am: Electoral officials are seen in some polling units setting up the electronic voting machines for voting to commence.
9:50am: Voting commenced at about 9:45am in some polling units in Kaduna North, Igabi, Makarfi, Kaduna South and Chikun local government areas. However, in some areas, voting is yet to start due to some technical challenges being faced by the presiding officers.
10:12am: Some of the electoral officers are facing challenges with the electronic voting machines.