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Voter apathy rocks Plateau South Senatorial bye-election



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By Moses Mark

The bye-election for Plateau South Senatorial District has witnessed voter apathy especially in some polling units in Shendam Local Government.

It would be recalled that Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had slated Plateau south bye-election for 31st November and later shifted to 5th December, 2020

Our correspondent who visited Piapun 001 polling unit in Mikang LGC and Ajikamai 015 Polling unit in Shendam Local Government Area however, revealed poor turnout of voters. com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js">">

A voter to spoke to CAPITAL POST at Ajikamai 015 Polling Unit Mr Dawang Isreal said it was normal to have voter apathy as bye-elections were not usually as exciting and hot as general elections.

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“Farmers are usually reluctant to come to vote, but preferred to go to their farms because this is rice harvesting season, but we are hopeful the turnout would eventually improve before the end of the day”

Plateau State Governor Barr. Simon Lalong who voted at exactly 11:30am at the Ajikamai polling Unit with his Wife and daughter expressed satisfaction with the peaceful way of the election

He also expressed confidence that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will emerge victorious in the ongoing Senate by-election for Plateau South.

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According to him, the party has continued to remain intact in the state and the leadership steadily delivering on its campaign promises and rescuing various sectors of the economy which, he said, all of which would give his party the needed advantage in the election.

Early the Independent National Electoral Commission in Plateau State has assure to strictly observed the COVID-19 protocols at the ongoing Plateau South Senatorial by-election today in the State.

Resident Electoral Commissioner for Plateau State Malam Husaini Halilu Pai while Briefing Journalists at Shendam Local Government Areas of the State alongside the INEC Federal commissioner Mr Haruna Gudu said the election started at exactly 8:30 am as all sensitives materials arrived the various polling units across the six Local Government of the Southern Zone.

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He noted that election is ongoing based on the COVID-19 protocols.

Pai added that the sensitives materials were batch and distributed to the Polling units a company with security agencies.

“So far everything is moving okay without any problem and we will ensure free, fair and credible bye-election”.

Our Correspondent who visited some Polling units Mikang and Shendam Local Government Areas witness early arrival of INEC officials.

Investigation revealed that most of the voters prefer going to farm and abandoned the Polling units.

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