Voter apathy mars Osun LG election



Low voter turnout now characterising our elections

By Victor Adeoti
Osun Local Government Election witnessed a low turnout on Saturday, as there have been pockets of voters in a number of the polling items visited by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

NAN correspondents who monitored the election in Osogbo, Ayedade, Irewole and Ile-Ife Local Government Areas report that the State Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) ad-hoc employees arrived at polling items on time however with only a few voters to take care of.

At St. Peter Primary School, Unit 1, Otun Balogun Ward, Gbongan in Ikire Local Government, the turnout of voters was low.

Speaking with NAN, Mr Olasiyan Sikiru, All Progressive Congress (APC) celebration agent, decried the unimpressive turnout of the voters.

Sikiru stated out of 600 registered voters on the ward, solely 40 got here out to vote as at 10a.m.

“We are hopeful that people will still come out but aside the low turnout, the election is going on smoothly.”

Mr Oladele Adelowo, the Accord Party agent at Unit 2, Otun Balogun ward, stated the low turnout of the voters was as a result of the election fell available on the market day.

Adelowo, nonetheless, counseled the OSIEC employees for arriving on the polling unit on time.

Mr Adeshina Olatokunbo, the ward returning officer, stated the election was peaceable with none challenges.

Olatokunbo stated it was anticipated that extra voters would nonetheless come out to vote.

At Unit 2, Eketa Ward in Osogbo Local Government, NAN additionally noticed that the turnout was additionally low.

The accreditation of voters and voting, nonetheless, went on easily.

Low turnout of voters was additionally witnessed in Ile-Ife.

At Iremo Unit 13, Ward three in Ile-Ife, the turnout of the voters was low with late arrival of voting supplies.

Miss Damilola Omiyefa, APC celebration brokers decried the low voters turnout and non-availability of voting supplies as at 10 a.m.

NAN studies that the election, which was carried out within the parliamentary sample, is for ward councillors solely who will in flip select their council chairmen amongst themselves.

This sample of the election runs opposite to the present presidential system whereby each the councillors and chairmen are voted instantly by the voters.