By Mustapha Salisu
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Kano has introduced new guidelines that will regulate activities at the state governorship and House of Assembly election results in collation centres.
The new guidelines have been implemented in compliance with security advice, and they will ensure that the collation exercise proceeds smoothly.
The Head of Department, INEC Kano, Voter Education Department, A.A. Maulud, disclosed that all participants in the collation exercise, including party agents, election observers, media practitioners, collation officers, and INEC staff, must carry an identification card issued by INEC.
Security checks will also be conducted on all those participating in the exercise.
Maulud further stated that the use of mobile phones inside the collation centre is prohibited, and all participants are expected to demonstrate a high sense of decorum during the exercise.
Only one party agent and one observer from observer groups will be allowed access to the centre, and journalists will be allowed full access, subject to strict control measures to avoid rowdiness.
The commission will announce all necessary information concerning the opening and closure of the state collation centre.
Maulud appealed for strict compliance with the new rules governing the collation exercise and urged all stakeholders to work with the commission to ensure a smooth exercise.