Voter Apathy Trails Lagos Bye-elections As INEC Officials Sleep Off At Polling Stations (Photo)

Date: 05-12-2020 5:26 pm (5 months ago) | Author: Mister Jay Wonder
- at 5-12-2020 05:26 PM (5 months ago)

Ad-hoc officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, were caught sleeping on Saturday in Ikorodu as voters refused to come out to vote at the Lagos East Senatorial bye-election.

Most of the voters were mid-aged people while the youths who clamoured for #EndSARS and made so much noise did not come out to vote.

The elections started late in many polling units across the five local government areas of Lagos East senatorial district as officials and election materials did not arrive at pulling units at the time election was to start.

“People are not coming out to vote. People are angry, they are tired,” a party agent at a polling unit said.

“It has never been this bad, our people are not coming out at all. It shows that the people are really tired of the government,” a party agent at a polling unit at Ishawo-Agric said.

At PU 33, Ward 5 Owutu, Ipakodo, Ikorodu Local government, only four votes had been recorded out of 720 registered voters as of 1:24 p.m.

Similarly, at PU 8,Ward 1, Isle-Ikorodu local government, less than 10 voters had voted out of 1,073 registered voters as of 11:30 a.m.

As a result of the few voters on ground, INEC officials decided to take a nap.

Babatunde Gbadamosi, the senatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) attributed the low voter turn out to poor voter education

“Fairly, there has not been enough vote education, there are not a lot people out here. But all in all, so far it seems to be a little calm,” he told journalists after voting at polling unit 14, Isele 1, Ikorodu local government.

Another public official who voted in the election said because it is a bye-election and not a general election, it was excepted that the turnout would be lower.

Some Lagos residents however attributed the turnout in the elections to the bad situation of the country.

“I have voters card, but I’m not planning to vote. With all the things happening in this country, where is the encouragement to vote?,” a Lagosian, Ibrahim Oladokun, said.

Hours into the end of election, INEC officials and observers were still hoping that more voters would come to the polling units.

Posted: at 5-12-2020 05:26 PM (5 months ago) | Addicted Hero
- gogoman at 5-12-2020 06:07 PM (5 months ago)
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Posted: at 5-12-2020 06:07 PM (5 months ago) | Addicted Hero
- taye47 at 5-12-2020 09:36 PM (5 months ago)
No one should vote again never in Zoo country nigeria until things changes.
Either local or national elections nobody should vote.
Posted: at 5-12-2020 09:36 PM (5 months ago) | Upcoming