The election for the vacant constituency seat will hold on September 15

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed September 15 for the conduct of by-election for the Zaria Constituency Seat in Kaduna State House of Assembly, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Halliru Tambuwal, said at a stakeholders? meeting in Kaduna on Thursday. 

The election was necessitated by the death of Malam Mustapha Bawa, the member representing the constituency on the platform of Congress for Progressive Change, after a brief illness.

Tambuwal told the participants that the forum was created to discuss issues surrounding the exercise and carry all stakeholders along. 

Represented by Alhaji Musa Adamu, the INEC Administrative Secretary in the state, the commissioner said the by-election would be conducted in line with the provisions of 1999 Constitution as amended. The constitution provides that a by-election should be conducted within 30 days of the occurrence of a certified death of an elected public officer, and not exceeding 90 days. 

According to Adamu, the Clerk of the House of Assembly, Hajiya Umma Hikima, notified the commission about the death on July16. Tambuwal said that the legislature had about two years to end and, as such, INEC could not deprive the constituency of a representative.

According to him, the Assembly Hall of Alhuhuda College, Zaria, will be used as the operational base for the election, while Zaria council secretariat will be used as collation centre.

Other activities outlined for the poll include the conduct of party primaries between August 23 and 28, and submission of candidates? list on August 28.

The publication of final list of candidates for the election has been fixed for September 6, while electioneering campaigns are scheduled to  end on September 14. He said that the poll would hold in six wards, namely, Kwarbai A and B, Anguwar, Doka, Fataki and Kaura. 

The electoral chief said about 5,000 personnel would be used to conduct the election in the 169 polling units, with 136,165 registered voters.

Tambuwal emphasised INEC?s determination to conduct a free and fair election and urged the stakeholders to play the game according to the rules and shun violence.

Also, the representatives of the security agencies pledged their readiness to deploy adequate personnel and conduct themselves professionally for the success of the election.

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