The Kano State Government said it needs the help of religious leaders to successfully conduct local government elections next year.
The Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC), therefore, held meetings with Islamic clerics and urged them to pray for the success of the local polls scheduled to hold on Janaury 16, 2020.
KANSIEC also enjoined the Muslim leaders to educate their followers on the important of the upcoming election.
“We have Mallams praying for us to have a hitch-free election,” KANSIEC Chairman, Prof. Garba Sheka, journalists in Kano on Monday.
He appealed to media professionals both on social media and in the mainstream to device means of curbing the incidences of fake news which he identified as a grave and present danger to public peace and safety.
The chairman cautioned media practitioners against spreading and sharing unverified election results as well as false and unverified information about alleged underaged voters.
Sheka also appealed to politicians to play the game by the rules, just as he urged the electorate to vote in accordance to their conscience and avoid the temptation of being induced with money and other material things by unscrupulous politicians.
Chairman of Kano Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ibrahim Garba, promised KANSIEC that his members will apply the highest standard of professionalism, while reporting election matters.