“El-Rufai Accuses State Electoral Commissions of Being Governor’s Rigging Tools”

By Milcah Tanimu

Former Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, has criticized state electoral commissions, labeling them as instruments used by governors for electoral manipulation. El-Rufai made these remarks during a presentation titled “Capacity Building Workshop on Enhancing Skills of Government Officials In Policy Implementation and Productive Human Resources Management” in Maiduguri.

El-Rufai recounted his successful implementation of electronic voting for local government elections during his tenure, highlighting its transparency and credibility. However, he revealed how a governor from a northwest state, intrigued by the effectiveness of electronic voting, sought his assistance but ultimately resorted to traditional election rigging methods instead of adopting the technology.

Expressing his support for abolishing state electoral commissions, El-Rufai advocated for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to oversee all local government elections. He emphasized the need for transparency and fairness in electoral processes to foster credibility and encourage political participation.

Additionally, El-Rufai addressed the demolition exercise conducted in Kaduna during his administration, asserting that every demolition followed due process to prevent legal challenges. He attributed the absence of court cases to meticulous adherence to established procedures.

El-Rufai’s comments shed light on the challenges surrounding electoral integrity at the state level and underscore the importance of electoral reforms to ensure free and fair elections across Nigeria.


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