Police confirm peaceful elections in Abuja

Ben Adam Shemang

The Commissioner of Police in charge of Saturday’s council elections in Abuja, Mr Folusho Adebanjo, has commended the peaceful take-off of the exercise, saying it was satisfactory.

Adebanjo said that policemen were stationed early in all polling stations to ensure security of materials, officials and the electorate.

“I have moved round some of the polling units and I can tell you that there is no problem, as accreditation and voting are going smoothly.”

The election recorded early arrival of electoral officials and materials in most polling stations in the six area councils in the territory.

The elections are in Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, FCT where residents are electing Council Chairman and Councilors.

The FCT’s equivalent of the Local Government is called the Area Council and the territory has six of them

They are Abuja Area Council, Bwari Area Council, Gwagwalada area Council, Kwali Area Council, Abaji Area Council and Kuje Area Council.

Going by statistics from the Independent National Electoral Commission, voters will elect 62 councillors and 6 Chairmen during this election.

Over one million eligible voters are casting their votes and young university graduates serving under the National Youth Service Corps  are assisting staff of the Commission to conduct the election.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner for the FCT, Professor Jacob Jatau in an interview with the Voice of Nigeria, had earlier assured voters of hitch free elections.