Voter apathy characterise bye-election in Kaduna

Low turnout voters has characterized Saturday’s in Sabin Gari constituency Zaria  town in Kaduna state.

The News Agency Nigeria (NAN) reports that the seat occupied by Aminu Shagali, member representing the constituency, declared vacant in April, after he alleged to have absconded from activities the assembly for more than 360 days.

NAN observed that securitymen  and election officials  were at the polling as early as possible, with  accreditation and voting starting  simultaneously at various polling by 8.30am.

NAN  also observed that electoral officers had to wait for voters in most polling as a result of the low turnout.

However, the exercise   generally peaceful in most of the polling visited by NAN.

Speaking on the cause of the poor turnout of voters, Malam Idris Lawal, a politician,told NAN that most people thought  the election not start as scheduled.

Lawal, who is a member of the All Progressive Congress (APC), said they reach out to the electorate to remind them about the exercise before the close of voting.

Similarly, Aminu Ado, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)  expressed optimism that the number of voters increase later in the day.

NAN reports that the election is holding in seven wards, namely Chikaji, Muchia, Jushin Waje, Hanwa, Dogarawa, Unguwan Gabas and Zabi.

No fewer than 128,051 registered voters are to participate in the exercise, for which five political parties  fielded candidates, according to INEC.

The political parties the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), People’s Redemption Party (PRP), Democratic Congress (ADC), and Action Democratic Party (ADP). (NAN)