By Amina Abdullahi Girbo
Hundreds of voters, on Saturday besieged the various polling Centres in Bauchi state to exercise their franchise in the Bauchi Central, Zungur/Galambi, Madara/Chinade, and Ningi I constituencies rerun election in the state.
Election was conducted in 10 polling units in Bauchi Central, 12 polling units in Zungur/Galambi, 10 polling units in Madara/Chinade, and 10 polling units in Ningi Central.
Monitoring of the election process at the Tudun Wada 1 and Kofar Fada Polling Units in the Madara/Chinade state Constituency of Bauchi State in the rerun election, eligible voters began arriving for accreditation as early as 8:00am.
The voters were seen at the polling units early enough for accreditation and voting in order to elect their preferred candidate from among the contestants.
There was also heavy presence of combined security personnel in virtually every place visited along with INEC officials and the ICPC who were on ground monitoring the process.
It was also observed that some commercial motorcyclists and transporters were plying the roads, doing their normal business.
At the Tudun Wada polling unit, an agent of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Suleiman Samaila Chinade told Journalists that the rerun was going on smoothly and people were voting for candidates of their choice.
His All Progressives Congress, APC, counterpart, Abdulkadir Abari described the exercise as peaceful and orderly even much better than the general elections.
The presiding officer for the Polling Unit in Tudun Wda 1 declined to speak to Journalists.
A female voter, Rahman Aliyu said that the BVAS did not give her any issue and she voted smoothly.
At the Kofar Fada polling unit in Bulkachuwa, voters were seen on the queue waiting for their turn to be accredited and vote.
Abubakar Musa, one of the voters expressed hope that this time around, their votes will count and the winner will emerge.
It will be recalled that Dr Nasiru Ala of the PDP was declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the 2023 State Assembly election to represent the Constituency.
His declaration by INEC was however challenged by his opponent, Ali Dan Iya of the APC at the Tribunal and the Appeal Court.
The Appeal Court ordered a rerun for 10 Polling Units Madara/Chinade State Constituency in order to have a clear winner.