Registered voters in Bauchi State on Saturday had the opportunity of exercising their franchise to elect their representatives at the Local Government level 12 years after election was conducted into the third tier of government in the State.
This was as Governor Bala Mohammed, who joined others to cast his vote, said that the Local Government election taking place as scheduled by his administration, marked the fulfillment of his campaign promise.
Mohammed, who stated this shortly after casting his vote at the Yelwan Duguri polling unit in his country home in Alkaleri Local Government Area of the state, expressed satisfaction with the peaceful conduct of the election.
The Governor said that his decision to conduct the polls was meant to ensure adherence to the rule of law thus expressed optimism that the election will end peacefully and in accordance with the electoral law guiding the operations of the Bauchi State Independent Electoral Commission (BASIEC).
Mohammed further said; “I have seen how the election is going on smoothly and peacefully and I thank the people of Bauchi for their compliance to the electoral guidelines.
“This election is in fulfilment of my promises to the people of Bauchi state that we will conduct the most credible election not because we are better but for us to go back to the rule of law and fear of Allah”.
He also said that Bauchi State Independent Electoral Commission (BASIEC) is carrying out its responsibilities without any interference from the state government and expressed delight that no negative incident was recorded since the voting started.
Acording to Mohammed; “The Board of SIEC was set up by my predecessor and I allowed them to continue believing that they are Bauchi state indigene.
“It is not about partisan exercise, but it is about making sure we go for the rule of law and those in the Commission should not be partisan.”
The last time Bauchi State conducted Local Government election was in 2008 during the administration of former Governor Isa Yuguda.