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Saturday, 23 February 2019

WHAT WE OBSERVED DURING ELECTIONS – VOTERS

The Convener of the Power of PVC Ride, an NGO, Mr Akorode Balogun, and other voters at the Opebi Grammar School, Ikeja on Saturday expressed divergent views on the conduct of the ongoing Presidential and National Assembly elections.

Balogun told newsmen in Lagos in interviews that elections in the various polling units in the state recorded more of male than female voters, but was devoid of vote buying.

According to him, the voters conducted themselves in an orderly manner, without being overly influenced by any of the 73 political parties contesting in the elections. “As you can see, almost all the polling units were very peaceful and I was able to cast my vote without delay, even when some of the card readers malfunctioned. “Let me say that the turnout, this time, was impressive. One other thing that did not happen here is vote buying,’’ he said.

Another voter, Mrs Maureen Daco, however, said that she observed a general apathy and lack of confidence in the elections. Daco also said that some of the apathetic residents that were supposed to vote in the polling unit believed that their votes would not count. “There is a general apathy and lack of confidence by voters in this area and some other parts. “A lot people are of the opinion that their votes will not count, hence they did not feel encouraged to come out and vote,’’ she said. A Medical Doctor, Dr Paul Iwe, who also voted in the unit, said that there was massive turnout in this year’s election than it was in 2015. Iwe, however, also noted that there was a higher turnout of male voters than female voters in his polling unit.


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