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Voters ignore Kano LG election amidst late arrival of ballot papers from China

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The local government elections on Saturday in Kano state recorded low turnout of voters.

This is amidst anger that the Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC) could not get electoral materials to most polling booths until late in the day.

Prof. Garba Ibrahim Sheka, Chairman of KANSIEC attributed the delay in the arrival of materials to polling centres to what he described as ‘some hitches’.

Sheka, who declined to state the hitches, said the commission would adjust the time to enable all eligible voters who presented themselves at the polling centres to cast their vote.

“We have since overcome the problem as we are currently loading the last vehicle which will transport the materials to Makoda local government,” he said.

He assured voters, who remained on queues that they would be given the opportunity to exercise their franchise.

NAN however quoted a source at the commission as saying the delay in the distribution of the election materials to polling centres was caused by late arrival of the materials from China.

“The sensitive materials arrived Kano late on Friday and this is the main reason behind the delay in the arrival of materials to Makoda most parts of the state,” the source added.
A NAN Correspondent who monitored the election reports that while voting was yet to start due to late arrival of materials, voters had not turned up to the polling centres.
A visit to Kofar Kudu around Emir’s Palace, Kankarofi, Tudun Wazirchi and Dan Agundi, it was observed that the turnout of voters was low.
Similarly, at Jar Kasa primary school and Gidan Makama polling centres, very few voters were seen waiting on the queue for the arrival of election materials and officials.
At most of the polling centres visited there was also low turnout of women as at some polling centres no female Voter was seen.
Some of the voters called on the State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC) to address some of the challenges so as to enable them exercise their civic responsibility.
One of the voters at Kankarofi, Ali Abdullahi said he arrived at the polling centre at 7:30am but was yet to see an electoral officer let alone the electoral materials.
“I arrived at the polling unit as early as 7:30am but I did not see any official. So there is need for the commission to take note and address the problem.
Another voter, Ibrahim Garba Sani also advised the commission to do something urgently to ensure that people exercise their right.
“I will remain here in the queue until I cast my vote,” he said.
Overall, there was general voter apathy about the elections in view of the fact that it was a local government election.