Niger 2023: Party agents, electorate decry voter apathy

Some party agents and voters have decried the low the turnout of voters in Saturday’s governorship and state Assembly elections in parts of Minna metropolis of Niger.

A check by the  News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the Minna Military Cantonment revealed a low turn out of voters in the area, compared to high number recorded during the Feb. 25 Presidential and National Assembly elections.

Mr Ephraim Thomas, an agent of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), at the Army Barack gate “A” polling unit with code 015, told NAN that the voters did not turn out as expected.

He said that the development was a sharp contrast of what was witnessed during the presidential and NASS  polls.

According to him, reasons for the low turn out are  best known to the voters.

Similarly, Ms Ladi Christopher, an agent of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) at the polling station, expressed surprise at the  low turnout of voters.

According to her, she was looking forward to an impressive turnout of voters going by promises made by  the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to strengthen the process more, following lessons learned at the Feb. 25 polls.

Also speaking, Hajiya Rukayat Idris, an agent of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the polling unit, expressed disappointment at the turnout of voters.

Idris noted that the outcome was a direct opposite of what was recorded at the last elections.



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