Low turnout mars FCT polls

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By Ogunmoroti Olalekan, Abuja.

The 2016 FCT polls were characterised by lowturn out of voters in most polling units.

In Nyanyan,the most populated town in the Abuja Municipal Area council(AMAC) and its environs,witnessed a very low turn out of voters compared to the general election. Most of the council wards visited, jikwoyi, Karu and Kurudu, few voters were recorded.

When asked,a corps member who was also the presiding officer said, “honestly, I cannot tell exactly why many people failed to show up, but I would say it’s a lack of concern from voters as regards local government polls”.

In Gwarinpa, the story was the same as most of the polling units recorded poor turn out. Some shops were even seen opened, a scenario that also show ed  lack of enthusiasm for the local council election.

The situation is even worse in Kubwa,a well populated town under Bwari LG Council election held on Saturday. In one of the polling units like the Kubwa village primary school that is known for crowded voters, recorded low turnout as only few people were available to exercise their franchise.

Some of the old polling units around Kubwa and its environs also had few voters.

Erstwhile in the same town, a newly set up unit at Water Board junction in Byazhini, surprisingly recorded no voters at all as at the time I visited.

When questioned, the presiding officer of the unit attributed the situation  to the fact that the unit is new.”People are probably not aware of this unit even though my supervisor said that he will direct voters to us, we are still waiting.”

The polling unit at the Byazhin junction equally had very few voters, so were the different polling units inside the Byazhin primary school.

Many factors were responsible for this ugly incident. One of the residents, Mr Paul Ochei explained that most people are finding it difficult to go out and vote due to the non abating fuel scarcity. “I have packed to Byazhin but I registered in Chikakuri which is after Byazhin across, nobody is giving me transport fare or fuel, so how do you expect me to vote.”, he said.

Others also gave different reasons like the bad economic situation of the country, non- acquitance with the contestants,e.t.c