Large turnout in Plateau Central as voters elect council officials

FILE PHOTO: Voters casting their vote (3)
FILE PHOTO: Voters casting their vote

Voting started early in at least two of the polling units.
Large turnouts of voters have been reported in Pankshin, Kanke, Mangu, and Bokkos Local Government Areas of Plateau State as voters elect local council officials.

Many voters had formed queues in several polling units as early as 7.15 a.m.

At Sharam polling unit in Ampang Ward `A’ of Kanke Local Government Area, voting started as early as 9.30 a.m. contrary to the PLASIEC electoral law that stipulated that the exercise should start at 12 noon.

According to the law, accreditation was expected to last till 12 p.m., with voting starting thereafter.

But the Presiding Officer of the Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission, PLASIEC, Bako Zabe, who spoke at 10.54 a.m., said that voting commenced early because accreditation had started before 8 a.m.

“We completed accreditation before 9.30 a.m. and did not think we should keep waiting for hours because most of the voters, as you can see, are old people,” he said.

He said that it was agreed by general consensus that the election should start as quickly as possible to allow people to return home and go about their normal activities.

The presiding officer, however, explained that late comers would be accredited and allowed to vote up till 3 p.m., when the exercise is expected to close.

One of the voters at the polling unit, Nenfort Gomwalk, a former Vice Chancellor of the University of Jos, said that he was very impressed with the conduct of the exercise.

“I am very impressed with the preparations; as you can see the process is very peaceful and orderly.

“I think the electoral body prepared very well and this is very impressive,” he said.

The situation was similar at Kabir RCM polling unit of Pada Ward of Kanke Local Government, where voting commenced before 10 a.m.

The presiding officer, Musuka Daniel, said that accreditation and voting were taking place simultaneously.

“Because of the high turnout and the fact that we did not start the accreditation at 8 a.m. as expected, we decided to combine the accreditation and voting to save time and also help the aged that had
waited for long,” he said.

He said that the process was smooth as the people were ready and anxious to vote.

Only 15 of the state’s 17 local governments are participating in the exercise after Jos North and Wase were excluded for security reasons.
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Large turnouts of voters have been reported in Pankshin, Kanke, Mangu, and Bokkos Local Government Areas of Plateau State as voters elect local council officials.

Many voters had formed queues in several polling units as early as 7.15 a.m.

At Sharam polling unit in Ampang Ward `A’ of Kanke Local Government Area, voting started as early as 9.30 a.m. contrary to the PLASIEC electoral law that stipulated that the exercise should start at 12 noon.

According to the law, accreditation was expected to last till 12 p.m., with voting starting thereafter.

But the Presiding Officer of the Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission, PLASIEC, Bako Zabe, who spoke at 10.54 a.m., said that voting commenced early because accreditation had started before 8 a.m.

“We completed accreditation before 9.30 a.m. and did not think we should keep waiting for hours because most of the voters, as you can see, are old people,” he said.

He said that it was agreed by general consensus that the election should start as quickly as possible to allow people to return home and go about their normal activities.

The presiding officer, however, explained that late comers would be accredited and allowed to vote up till 3 p.m., when the exercise is expected to close.

One of the voters at the polling unit, Nenfort Gomwalk, a former Vice Chancellor of the University of Jos, said that he was very impressed with the conduct of the exercise.

“I am very impressed with the preparations; as you can see the process is very peaceful and orderly.

“I think the electoral body prepared very well and this is very impressive,” he said.

The situation was similar at Kabir RCM polling unit of Pada Ward of Kanke Local Government, where voting commenced before 10 a.m.

The presiding officer, Musuka Daniel, said that accreditation and voting were taking place simultaneously.

“Because of the high turnout and the fact that we did not start the accreditation at 8 a.m. as expected, we decided to combine the accreditation and voting to save time and also help the aged that had
waited for long,” he said.

He said that the process was smooth as the people were ready and anxious to vote.

Only 15 of the state’s 17 local governments are participating in the exercise after Jos North and Wase were excluded for security reasons.

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