Gov. Aliya Could Not Vote At Senatorial Bye-Election

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Aug 31st, 2014

 By Joy Ekeke
Governor of Niger state, Babangida Aliyu, could not vote in the Niger East senatorial bye-election on Saturday as he forgot his voters card in Abuja.

He said this at the Umaru Musa Polling Unit in Minna, adding that, he would abide by the rule which states that one cannot vote without having a voter card.

“I forgot my voter card in Abuja, which was human error, but I must commend those that came out to vote,” he said.

Aliyu, who was accompanied by his wife, said reports reaching him indicated a peaceful election in the zone.

NAN reports that the senatorial seat became vacant following the death of Sen. Awaisu Kuta, who had held the seat.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Dr Emannuel Onucheyo, reiterated that the rule bars anybody without card from voting.

“The commission’s policy is “no voter card, no voting”, he explained to NAN.

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