Local government council elections held in Kaduna on Saturday amid complaints of late arrival of materials and low turnout of voters.
The election in 21 of the state’s 23 local government areas was conducted using electronic voting machines — the first time in Nigeria.
At all the polling unit visited in Unguwan Dosa, Kawo, Unguwan Shanu, Badarawa, Barnawa, Television, Kakuri, few voters were seen queueing to get accredited and vote for their preferred candidates. At some unit, officials were yet to arrive as at 12: 30pm.
Yakubu Aliyu, a resident of Maiduguri Road, said he voted early. He applauded the state government for introducing the electronic voting system.
“Although few people turned out at most polling centers, the process was quiet simple and fast. Many people have voted. It took me not five minutes to vote. This is commendable,” he said.
Premium-times reports that voting started late in some areas of Zaria, Sabongari, Lere, Ikara, Kachia, and Jaba.