Elections 2019 Updates

March 9, 2019

Voters’ apathy almost mars voting in Edo

BY GABRIEL ENOGHOLASE

BENIN – VOTERS apathy almost marred the Governorship/Houses of Assembly elections in Benin yesterday as only few voters were noticed in the polling stations visited in the State capital.

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Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, former National Chairman of APC who voted at Edo Staff training centre, GRA Benin city attributed the low turnout to the absence of governorship election in Edo state.

Chief Oyegun who cast his vote at 10.43 am suggested that the only solution to voters apathy is to adopt a system whereby all elections are held the same day.

He, therefore, called for the holding of all elections in one day to remove voters’ apathy.

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An APC House of Assembly Candidate for Oredo East Constituency of Edo state, Osaro Obazee who voted at Oliha Primary School, Off Siluko road, Benin city said it was too early in the day to draw conclusions on Voter’s low turnout. He said he believed that some of the voters might be waiting for last minute rush.

Chief Osamede Adun, the Ayobahan of Benin, said Voters are reluctant to come out because they were disappointed over the presidential and national assembly elections of February 23rd.

He said the general believe of voters in today’s elections was that their votes may not count like what happened two weeks ago.

Edo state APC Secretary, Lawrence Okah who voted at Oguola Primary School New Benin disagreed that there was voters apathy in the state.

He said there was large turnout of voters two weeks ago because it was Presidential election adding that people should not expect the same turnout in today’s elections.