By Muhammad Muhammad
_Compiled by Niger State Ministry of Information and Strategy_
Voting across Chanchaga, Shiroro and Munya Local Governments had all started early as ad hoc staff were seen to manned the polling units and voting points as early as 7:30am.
During a combined team inspection of flash points and hotspot across the three local governments, led by the Independent National Electoral Commissioner of Niger State Professor Sam Egwu, Police Commissioner, Controller of Custom Niger State, Controller of Immigration Niger state, Road Safety Sector Commandant Niger state, Director State Security Service Niger State, Commandant NDLEA Niger state and Controller of Prison Service Niger State.
In Makera ward of Chanchaga local government some of the flash points are General Hospital polling units, Ansar-udeen polling unit and Hospital road polling unit were voters complained of imbalance ballot papers that did not tally with the number of registered voters.
When the combined team proceeded to Ubandoma ward at Shiroro local council for inspection, voters were seen queuing in an orderly manner even though the voting started early low turn out of voters were observed in the council, while in Zumba ward of Shiroro local government voters turn out was very low and voting was peaceful and smooth.
At Dandaudu ward of Munya local government voting started early and low turn out was seen while restriction of movement was observed through out the Sarkin Pawa express road. One of the hotspot identified during the inspection is Maitumbi ward of Bosso local government, though election took place with tight security and Shiroro road polling unit were voters protested for the display of smart card votes cast.
After the inspection, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Professor Sam Egwu explained that the low turn out was as a result of dynamics in early voting and early turn out, he highlighted that flash points complained was not out of place as voters had the right to authenticate the process and the exercise. The REC declared the process as peaceful, smooth and satisfactory.
_written by Niger State Ministry of Information and Strategy_