KANO, Nigeria – Low voter turnout and late arrival of election officials and materials characterised Kano state local government councils election on Saturday.
Though security operatives enforced the restriction of movement order to allow people to participate in the election peacefully, election officials who arrive late were seen waiting for eligible voters to turnout.
Twelve political parties are competing for 44 chairmanship and 484 councillorship positions in the election.
Streets are empty and many shops closed as people stay indoors because of the restriction of movement order imposed for the election.
At one of the polling stations at Mawgan primary school where the state Deputy Governor, Nasiru Gawuna, would come to cast his vote, election officials arrived with voting materials but only one voter came to exercise his civic responsibility.
Though it is 12 o’clock in the afternoon, vehicular movement is near absent on the roads except for a few commercial tricycles that defy the restriction of movement order.