Minister Commends Nigerian Government For Simplifying Electoral Process

By Timothy Choji, Katsina

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Nigeria’s Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika has hailed the Nigerian government for making it possible for the country’s electoral process to be simplified.

Sirika made his impression known in an interview with Journalists, soon after casting his vote on Saturday at the Dubawa Gari polling unit of Sirika ‘B’ ward in Katsina State.

He however expressed fears that the simplification of the process is gradually making many to be reluctant towards coming out to cast their vote, especially in the gubernatorial election.

According to the Minister; “I am excited because it went on very smoothly and transparently too as people are turning out to vote. However, I think there is a new culture about to be established in the country of low voter turnout.

“May be perhaps because of the over simplification of the process because the Buhari government since 2015 has done quite a number of things to ease the process of election and it is manifesting very well and it will get better and better but the foundation has been laid.”

Sirika noted that the seamless process has restored the confidence of the electorates in the electoral umpire as their votes will count, adding that the days of money politics are gone.

People are now coming out without coercion and their votes are being counted and they are relevant. The cashless policy has enhanced our election because people now vote their conscience, belief and their party and candidates of choice without any inducement. So, the policy has only made the process better,” he said.

A citizen of the State, Sale Adamu, who also spoke to Voice of Nigeria hailed the performance of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and security agencies for working very hard.

Adams said; “Honestly we appreciate the performance of INEC and for security arrangements, we appreciate the Katsina State Police Commissioner and other heads of security agencies for what they have done. We are thankful.”




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