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FCT Polls: Shazin, Etsu Kwali, Task Politicians To Uphold Spirit of Sportsmanship

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has been urged to improve on their Machines in subsequent elections to guard against the complaints gotten from various polling units across the six area councils.

The Federal Commissioner, National Population Commission, representing FCT, Mr Joseph Shazin made the call in Abuja.

Speaking with Kapital FM at the Kwali Pilot Primary School, Mr Shazin described the performance of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) as a litmus test that must be improved upon in future elections, to avoid disenfranchising eligible voters .

Mr Shazin commended the electorates for coming out enmass to vote their candidates, and called for the spirit of sportsmanship and patriotism among politicians.

“The queue is so sluggish, and I think the BVAS has to be improved upon. And INEC told us that it has been improved upon after Anambra election, we expected a very brilliant performance, but that is not what we are seeing” Shazin said.

In his fatherly advise, His Royal Highness, Etsu of Kwali, Dr Shaban Nizazo the 3rd, said elections should not be seen as a do or die affairs.

He advised candidate that may emerge as winner for the chairmanship position to focus more on developmental projects that would impart positively on citizens, particularly in the area of education, employment of youths, health care among others.

“More attention should be given to education, health care, economic empowerment; because policies should be about improving the lives of the people. Also, census is very important for national planing” Nizazo said.

Dr.Nizazo the 3rd while admonishing youths of the council to eschew violence during and after the election, said carrying everyone along after the polls would go a long way to deepen democracy in the council.

Election in Kwali area council was relatively peaceful in the manner the electorates conducted themselves in most of the polling units visited, in Pilot Primary School, Primary Health Center units, Hakimi village square unit, Angwa Hausawa unit, Ladi Kwali pottery unit, Pai, Bako-Dabi, Sheda, Kilankwa polling unit among others.

Kapital FM however observed that most of the polling units with large crowd stopped voting exercise before 7pm to give room for counting, thereby leaving some few persons disenfranchised.

By Remi Johnson/ Parisa Samuel

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