KASTINA – The Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) on Saturday said that the presiding officers at various polling units in Dutsinma Local Government Area, Kastina State, were replaced or redeployed for effective performance.
The Dutsinma Local Government Area, Electoral Officer, Mr Abdul Idris-Galadanci, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Dutsinma in an interview on Saturday.
He said the exercise was done in good faith and based on the assessment of their performance during the presidential election.
According to him, some of the affected officers would be better used in other fields like managing the card reader and others.
“Some of them, we realised could be influenced by politicians to undermine the process and that is what we are trying to avoid,” he said.
He said the change affected virtually all the officers participating in the exercise, assuring that the action would not undermine the process.
Mr Basir Sada, who is a presiding officer in at Bagagadi Ward and one of the affected officers said he was only being victimized.
Sada who said he did not have previous knowledge of the change said he came out with the aim of carrying out his duty but was surprised at the development.
“I did all that was required of me to the best of my ability and effectively. I was shocked to see somebody who said he came to replace me from Katsina,” he said.
Mr Ahmed Isa, another affected officer said he was not surprised at the development as he was expecting the change.
According to him, the action was taken to faciltate rigging. (NAN)
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