Emmanuel Peter, Dutse
There was low turnout of voters across the 27 Local government areas of the state as most eligible voters defy Electoral order and were engaged in their farming activities. Many people were sighted cultivating their farms on the areas monitored by ProcyonNews as there was no much interest shown for the election.
One of the voters who confided with our reporter, Adamu Abubakar, said, reasons for the low turnout of voters is as a result of the raining season period. Adding that most of the eligible voters preferred going to their farms during raining season than engaging themselves in electioneering activities. He also added that another factor that may have contributed to the low turnout is because people do no longer have confident on the people who are accupying political positions believing to representing them.
But Procyon News observed that another factor that also may be responsible for the low turnout of voters for the election, may be as a result of other political parties who boycotted the election especially PDP the strong opposition party in the state.
Earlier, Procyon News, had report that the People Democratic Party (PDP) boycotted the state LG elections because the party said, it has no confident with the state Electoral body. Stating that from all indications and the body language of the state INEC, shows it is compromising the process. The party stated that JSIEC took the advantage of their internal crisis and frustrated their party from participating in the election.
Meanwhile, the leader of the party in the state, Alhaji Sule Lamido, had earlier told his supporters who came out in en mess for his solderity not to participate in the elections, saying the election even conducted will not stand the test of time. Because a high court sitting in the state had given Jigawa State Independent Electoral Commission (JSIEC) an injunction not to go ahead with the conduct of the election.
Effort made to reach the Chairman of the state independent Electoral Commission for his reaction was abortive as our reporter was not granted access to speak with the chairman even before and after the election.
Members of the All Progressive congress (APC) were seeing in higher spirit of expectation and excitement that at the end of the exercise, the party will emerge victoriously. A former state speaker and still the assembly, Rt. Hon. Idris Garba was spotted having his free motorcycle ride. He was optimistic about his party coming out victoriously by the end of the day.
Though, the election results is yet to be announced at the time of filing this report.