Birnin Kebbi – Dr Bello Halliru, the Acting National Chairman of PDP, on Saturday in Birnin Kebbi commended the Nigerian media for ensuring a critical and objective reportage of the general elections.
Halliru, who cast his vote in the presidential election at the Nassarawa 1 Polling Unit in Birnin Kebbi, said that the media had played an active role in the coverage of the elections.
“We urge the press to always criticise objectively and be factual in their reports, because it is by doing so that the leadership can improve,” he said.
Haliru urged the media to sustain the objective coverage of the elections, “especially considering the fact that such reports provide the international community the opportunity to assess the actual situation as far as the determination to conduct credible elections and ensure good governance is concerned,” he added.
He also commended the media for its role in the enlightenment of voters on the voting process.
“The media has sustained lively debates and presented the programmes of the political parties and their candidates to the electorate.
“The media must not deviate from downplaying reports that will bring confusion, mislead and disrupt Nigerians’ peaceful co-existence,” he added.
INEC has improved, says Yuguda
Gov. Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State has also commended (INEC) for adopting the open/secret ballot system in the presidential election.
He said the open/secret system was better than the “open/open ballot system” used during the paliamentary elections in the state.
Yuguda made the remarks shortly after casting his vote at Baba Sidi Primary School polling unit in Bauchi metropolis.
He alleged that the open/secret ballot system was never used during last week’s paliamentary elections in some parts of the state.
“INEC has improved from what I have seen last week, which was an open/open ballot system, contrary to the electoral act.
“In almost all the polling units in Bauchi metropolis, it was an open/open ballot system that was used during the paliamentary election as against the open/secret ballot system approved for the election.
“Today, you can see that it is an open/secret balloting.
“Last week, voters were intimidated from voting for their parties within Bauchi metropolis and some places outside the metropolis, he said.
He, however, commended voters in the state for turning out en- masse to vote for the candidates of their choice.
Yuguda warned against electoral malpractice, adding that anyone caught, would face the wrath of the law.
“Anybody who misbehaves or gets involved in any irregularities, will be punished, and results from the affected polling centres will be cancelled,“ he warned. (NAN)