A low turnout at the polls on Saturday signified the election of local government officials in Lagos, which was reported by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Reports indicate that in several Badagry, Alimosho, Epe, Mushin, and Odi-Olowo LGA polling areas, poor turnout was reported.
Two bottles of sanitisers were given to voters at Awhajigoh Ward C in Badagry, who arrived at 8:20 a.m. and wore face masks and gloves. The electoral officers made a public plea to obey COVID-19 instructions, reminding voters to use sanitisers.
Low participation in Election in Lagos was blamed on Badagry voter indifference, according to Mr Monday Avoseh, a voter in Awhajigoh Ward.
Avoseh recommends that voters vote between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
At Ajara-topa Ward C, Badagry Federal Constituency lawmaker Mr Babatunde Hunpe declared that voters had plenty of time to cast their ballots.
It started at 9:30 a.m. in Polling Unit 038A in Baruwa Road, Ward 07, in the Aliomosho Local Government in Aliomosho Local Government in Ipaja North, the province of Ondo State.
LASIEC officials arrived at the centre at 8:30 AM, while supplies for the poll were being delivered by 9:05 AM.
According to Mr Ahmed Baruwa, the APC Party Agent, the election began at the centre at 9:30 a.m.
According to Baruwa, the card readers are working smoothly, thus voters have begun to cast their votes.
INEC officials decided to use the voter’s list after the election began because the card reader has not been working, therefore they were forced to use it.
In regards to voter participation, the APC party’s representative expressed concern.
He mentioned that the turnout was low and fewer people showed up but stated that at this point in the election, it was too early to tell if the turnout will improve by the conclusion.
According to Mrs Arike Oni, the PDP Party Agent at the ward, the election process had only just begun, but she could not describe it because she had only just arrived.
Lauding the process of the election so far, Mrs Folake Bewaji declared that the vote thus far has been flawless and peaceful.
As of the start of the election in Lagos, it’s not reasonable to assume that turnout will remain low.
People believed that there would be a crowd, therefore they are taking their time with the election.
I also knew there would be a crowd, so I waited for them to come back before I left to vote.
When it comes to elections, she replied, “This is usual.”
Meanwhile, the officials from the LASIEC who work at the polling locations were hesitant to speak with NAN, but they acknowledged that they arrived at the centre at 8:30 in the morning.
Few voters were visible at the different voting locations as security implemented the COVID-19 and social distancing techniques.
There were also private automobile owners and commercial bike riders on the roadways, who were largely going to the grocery shop for food goods that were mostly half-open.
Polling Unit 02, Ward D, Oke-Balogun Central Mosque, Epe began accreditation and voting at 9:50 AM on the same day.
According to NAN, turnout during Election in Lagos was low before the commencement of voting.
The LASIEC government created all the COVID-19 protocols before allowing citizens to vote, ensuring that they were followed to the letter.
Polling Unit 003, Ward D, Opposite High Court, Epe is where in Epe, the certification process began.
According to the Polling Officer, 689 voters registered, but only 20 of those who were qualified had been registered.
Turnout was lower than expected.
At the Mushin and Odi-Olowo poll centres, which were located in Lagos state, only a few hours after the beginning of the Local Government and Local Council Development Areas elections, voting materials arrived late and voters’ attendance was quite low.
NAN has found that some of the voting materials arrived late at polling stations, although far fewer voters showed up before 9:45 am.
Many voters in Mushin LG complained that voting materials arrived late, especially at the polling units in Atewolara, Babalosa, and Atewolara.
Many of the polling booths at Ilupeju, Kayode/Fadeyi were running short on voting materials, just like at Odi-Olowo LCDA.
Several voters contacted NAN to voice their displeasure with the election, saying they had not been informed about it.
“To be honest, we only found out about it this morning,” the majority of them remarked.
Soccer fans forfeited the quiet streets to turn the streets into soccer fields.
While there were members of the Mobile Police, Civil Defense Corps, and officials from the state’s Department of Transportation on major routes to prevent the breakdown of law and order, they also played a critical role in carrying out the restriction order that the state government had issued.
The COVID-19 protocols were enforced in nearly all of the polling places visited, LASIEC officers insisting that voters wear their facemasks.
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