Poor turn-out mars Lagos By-election as only 2 party agents vote at polling booth

By ADEJUWON OSUNNUYI

The Ifako/Ijaiye Federal Constituency by-election held on Saturday recorded very low turn out of voters as resident refused to come out and vote.

Though there was restriction of movements as soldiers and other security men blocked major junctions, rather than going to the polling booths, residents were seen trekking to their various destinations.

The Saturday election was a result of the death of Mr Elijah Adewale, who represented the constituency in the House of Representatives.

Adewale died in Abuja on July 20.

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Alhaji Abdullahi Kaugama, Supervisory Resident Electoral Commissioner for the Ifako/Ijaiye Federal Constituency By-election, made the observation in an interview during the election.

At most polling booths visited by The DailyBells reporters, INEC officials were seen waiting endlessly for voters.

Interestingly, at Polling Unit 043 in Ward 3, Ogba, only the two party agents who were on ground cast their votes out of 534 registered voters.

The party agents – those of PDP and APC – were not happy about the situation. They refused to speak to journalists on that.

INEC poll officers at the unit were seen discussing the development while waiting to go for results collation.
The election recorded poor turnout of voters.

Meanwhile, results of the by-election started trickling in for collation at 2:15p.m.

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The results were being collated at the Registration Area Centres (RACs) of the Independent National Electoral Commission.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondents who also monitored the election, report that poor turnout of voters resulted in early conclusion of voting by 2p.m.

Poll officers started bringing the results into the RAC for collation as soon as ballot counting ended.

Results arrived at RAC for Ward 3, situated at African Primary School, Idi-Agbon Ogba, at about 2.15p.m.

Also, at the St. Kizito Primary School, Fagba, the RAC for Ward 6, poll officers began to submit results for collation some minutes later.

The collation, however, had yet to start as at 3p.m.
Some party agents at the collation centres decried poor turnout of voters.

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