kogi-electionKogi State Governorship
supplementary election in
Ankpa and Igalamela-Odolu
Local Governments in the east
senatorial district of the state
held on Saturday recorded a
low turnout as most eligible
voters failed to turn up for
accreditation.
It was gathered that in Ankpa
Local government where results
from nine polling units with
6,018 registered voters were
cancelled in the November 21,
election, not more than 200 were
accredited as at 11:30 am.
Though polling officers in
various units visited confirmed
that electoral materials were
distributed early and arrived
their various polling units before
8 am, they had been less busy
compared to what happened a
fortnight ago.
An INEC official at RCM
primary school polling unit,
Ankpa who did not want his
name mentioned said: “The
materials were distributed at the
wee-hours of the day.
“Though there is low turnout,
the Card Readers are working
in perfect condition and the
exercise has been very peaceful,
no security threats. You can
see that the security men are
relaxing”, he said.
The All Progressives Congress
(APC) agent at the unit,
Abdulazeez Shaibu and his
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
counterpart, Joseph Shaibu
said they were happy with the
process and commended INEC
for ensuring a hitch-free exercise.
The situation was slightly
different at Ankpa Ward 2, Unit
001 in Ajobe where out of the 400
registered voters 77 had been
accredited at 11:30 am.
Equally, at Oforachi Ward 1,
Unit 001 in Igalamela-Odolu
Local Government of the state,
the supplementary election also
recorded low turnout as only 10
eligible voters had turned up for
accreditation at about 10:30 am.
The presiding officer who
preferred anonymity said he
was hopeful that people would
turnout later as he attributed the
low turnout to the bad weather,
among other hindrances.


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