- Plateau state is currently holding elections into its local government areas
- There are reports of poor turnout of voters as the people of the state exercise their franchise
- The elections are holding in 13 out of the 17 local government areas in the state
A poor turnout of voters has been observed in most polling units in Plateau as the state holds elections into its local government councils.
NAN reports that the elections are holding in 13 out of the 17 local governments with Jos North, Jos South, Riyom and Barkin-Ladi left out.
Legit.ng gathers that Governor Simon Lalong had hinged the decision to leave out the four local governments on “prevailing security situation’’.
Voters turnout was very low in some polling units in Pankshin, Mangu, Bassa, Langtang North, Langtang South and Shendam local governments.
Less than 10 prospective voters were found on the queue as at 11.10am at Youth Centre polling unit in Pankshin central. The situation was the same in the two polling units of Nerr in Pankshin, where a total of 12 voters were seen milling around and waiting for the electoral officers.
There was tension in six wards in Pankshin following claims that the electoral officers brought duplicate copies of results sheets. The wards included Dopkai, Kangmun, Jibilik, Jibam, Kagu ang Jing.
Godwin Nanchin, PDP organising secretary in Pankshin local government, said that the ploy was to enter results in the duplicate sheets to deceive the electorate at the polling units.
“The results they want will then be entered in the original sheets and announced as authentic,” he said and vowed that his party would resist such move.
Jerry Audu, PLASIEC’s assistant electoral officer in Pankshin, said that the distribution of the duplicate copies of the results sheets was not deliberate.
He said: “The duplicate results sheets did not come along with other results materials, but we have sent for the origin results sheets and shall distribute them to the affected wards as soon as they are received."
At Mangu, however, an appreciable turnout of voters, especially in the polling units located in the centre of the town, was found.
There was confusion over allegations that the electoral officers had brought fake results sheets, with voters hurling accusations against electoral officers. There was division among the voters as some of them insisted that the electoral officers be allowed to perform their duties while others insisted on sighting and snapping the results sheets.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Plateau state government declared Wednesday, October 10, 2018, a work-free day to enable residents to vote in the local government elections.
A statement by Richard Tokma, acting secretary to the state government, said that the elections would hold in 13 of the 17 local governments.
He advised voters to exercise their franchise and do so peacefully, so as to avoid anything that would disrupt the peace in the state.
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