Low turnout and vote-buying mar Nigeria’s governorship and state assembly elections (Video)

The turnout of voters for the ongoing governorship and state assembly elections in many states in the country has been significantly low.

There are also some reports of vote-buying despite the new scarcity hardship been faced by Nigerians.

Contrary to what was observed in the February 25 presidential election, there was the timely arrival of INEC officials and poor turnout of voters in Delta, Cross River, Rivers, Edo, Bayelsa, Ondo and Akwa Ibom.

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It was gathered that low enthusiasm among voters contributed to the high level of voter apathy.

And in other cases, concerns about political violence was observed as the reason for the low turnout.

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Reports revealed that the number of voters at polling units in Delta State were very few.

It was the same situation in Bayelsa. In Ward 3, Brass Local Government Area of the state, only 94 of the 377 registered voters were accredited to vote.

Also, in Polling Unit 5, Onna LGA, Akwa Ibom South, Onna LGA, very few residents came out to vote out.

It was gathered that there were gunshots around the area on Friday, March 17, leading to fears among residents.

At ward one, units 001-005 in Akim town, Calabar Municipality, the INEC members of staff and the security personnel were sighted at the various polling units at 7:50 am, despite the near absence of prospective voters.

However, a few minutes after casting his vote at the same unit at 9am, the polling unit and other adjoining units, according to our correspondent, started recording a slight increase in the number of potential voters.

 

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At Eringbo/Egbedi Ward 11, Unit 2, where the governorship candidate of Peoples Democratic Party in the last gubernatorial election in Ondo State, Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, voted, voters came in trickles.

At Ward 9, Unit 15, Akure South, where the Minister of State for Transport, Ademola Adegoroye, the turnout was substantial.

Commenting on the election, Jegede, who’s among the legal team of Atiku Abubakar/PDP set up for the Election Petitions Tribunal, said: “So far so good. It’s just few minutes past nine, people are trickling in not as crowded as expected. But you never know, people might still turn out later.

In Bauchi, a PDP commissioner was caught on camera buying votes at his PU. A similar case was reported in Imo state where vote-buying was done through Point of Sale (PoS).

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