Low Turnout as Kebbi Holds LG Elections
POLITICS DIGEST – Reports from Kebbi state has confirmed that voting has commenced peacefully in the state’s local government election holding though with low turnout.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)reports that the local government election in Birnin Kebbi Local Government Area started as early as 7.00a.m with early arrival of materials and officials.
Kebbi State Independence Electoral Commission (KEBSIEC) officials arrived at the polling unit at about 7:00a.m, while the first voter cast his vote around 8:43a.m.
The election began in most polling units visited at about 9.00a.m, with the police providing security at the polling centres.
Accreditation and voting commenced simultaneously in most polling centres across the state as the chairmanship and Councillors’ elections began with an unimpressive turnout. Security personnel from the Nigeria Police and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) provided security at various polling units and strategic locations.
The presiding officer of G/Kundi Zouro polling unit, Abidina Abubakar said he arrived at the polling unit around 7 a.m and that they were still expecting more voters to come out to exercise their franchise. Another electoral officer at Dr Guluma Polling unit, Faruku Muhammad, said all the electoral materials were ready, and that the election was going on peacefully.
A voter, Abdulkarim Adamu, who was the first voter, expressed delight over the peaceful conduct of the election and prayed that the exercise should end peacefully.
Meanwhile, Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu has expressed his excitement by the large number of women voters in the election. The governor, while casting his vote at his polling units, Mai Alelu polling unit, Nassarawa ward in Birnin Kebbi, also commended the state independent Electoral commission KESIEC for providing adequate voting materials for the election.
The election is taking place in 21 local government areas of the state.