The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Zamfara on Friday said it would provide emergency telephone lines at all the 2,516 polling units in the state during the general elections.
Alhaji Abubakar Wara, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, made this known at a meeting with civil society organisations and persons with disability in Gusau.
He said that the telephones would be used by the electorate in channelling their complaints to the commission during elections.
Wara said that no election could be conducted in the country without incidents of misbehaviours by miscreants, who would try to defend their political party or master’s interest.
“We will, therefore, not take it lightly with any offenders as adequate security personnel will be put in place.
“There are laws available in the nation’s Constitution to penalise any election offender from possessing more than one voter card or to vote more than once or causing havoc during elections.
“To ensure free, fair and credible elections in the state, we have already enlightened people via radio and television jingles and we are still ready to make numbers available for questions regarding election process and procedures”, he said.
The commissioner expressed the readiness of INEC to conduct free, fair and credible elections in the state, and called on the public to remain law-abiding and come out to exercise their franchise peacefully. (NAN)