LGs elections in Niger record low turnout

By Priscilla Campbell,

Local Government elections into the chairmanship seats of the 25 councils and 274 Counselorship wards in Niger State have been characterized by voter apathy in most councils in the state.

The elections held across candidates of nine political parties that include the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, APGA, among others.
In Munya council, the elections started as early as 8am but witnessed low turnout in Fuka, Daza, Dandudu among others.
On the elections, Mr. Obed Kango, a chieftain of the ruling APC, hinged the low turnout of voters to low mobilization and apathy by voters due to the attitude of politicians after they had been elected.
Other local governments such as Chanchaga, Wushishi, Radio, and Kontagora also recorded low turnout of voters at polling units.
Admitting the voter apathy, the Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, after casting his vote at 12pm at the Alkali Mustapha Polling Unit in Kontagora, said the turnout for the elections was low but expressed optimism that it may improve later in the day.
"The turn out is low. However, during the general elections, initially there were low turnout but before the end of the day, there were improvement in the turnout. So I expect there will be an improvement."
Commending the people in the state and the state Independent Electoral Commission (NSIEC) for the peaceful conduct and organization of the election, he stated, "I have not heard of any complain. There is no major complain anywhere in the state. I commend NSIEC for its organization and the peaceful conduct of the election. From what I have seen, they have coordinated the elections well."

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