APC leads as poor turnout mars Kano LG poll

The All Progressives Congress may sweep the results of Saturday’s local government election in Kano State, which recorded low turnout of voters and late arrival of materials across the state.

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.

NAN also reports that 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 who spoke to NAN 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.
NAN reports that there was general voter apathy about the elections in view of the fact that it was a local government election,” he said.

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje cast his vote at Ganduje ward, in Dawakin Tofa Local Government Area, arkund 12:20pm.

He said: “My vote is not superior to any other vote in a democratic election. Governor’s vote is not superior to that of a carpenter or any other person, adding that he was impressed by the conduct of the polls.

“I am impressed by the way the Kano State Electoral Commission (KANSIEC) prepared for the election. Election materials arrived at the appropriate time and the personnel appeared to be ready for an effective and efficient conduct,”

Meanwhile, early results from the polling centres indicated that APC might sweep the 44 local government chairmanship and 494 councillorship seats.

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