Sanwo-Olu votes as low turnout, late arrival of materials mar Lagos LG polls

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Low turnout of voters on Saturday marred the Local government election in many polling units in Lagos.

Some of the areas visited by NAN include Badagry, Alimosho, Epe, Mushin and Odi-Olowo Local Government Councils.

A voter in Awhajigoh Ward Monday Avoseh said the low turnout was due to voter apathy in the Badagry Area.

Also, at Polling Unit 038A, Baruwa Road, Ward 07, Ipaja North in Aliomosho Local Government 03, the election commenced at about 9.30 a.m.

The officials of the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) arrived at the centre around 8.30 a.m, while election materials were delivered at about 9.05 a.m.

APC agent Ahmed Baruwa explained that voters had started casting their votes but the card readers were have been functioning well.

“The card reader has not been working since the election started, so the LASEIC officials have resorted to using the voters list to verify with the information on the voter card, so that voters can vote,” he said.

Some residents of Jakande Estate, Oke-Afa Ward said their apathy toward voting in the ongoing council polls in Lagos State was borne out of their disappointment with some elected officeholders in the area.

They spoke against the backdrop of the low turnout in the ongoing elections into the 20 Local Government Areas and 37 Lagos Council Development Areas(LCDAs).

Meanwhile, Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has appealed to residents of the state to come out en masse and vote in the ongoing local government elections.

Mr Sanwo-Olu made the appeal after casting his vote at Polling Unit 019, Ward 9, Femi Okunnu/Lateef Jakande Avenue in Eti-Osa Local Government Area.

The governor and his wife, Ibijoke, arrived at the polling unit at 11.03 a.m. and cast their votes at 11.08 a.m.

The governor said the elections were going peaceful at the polling units he observed before arriving at his unit.

”Things are going on peacefully as expected. I am hoping that people will come out and freely express themselves in this local government chairmanship and councilorship elections for Lagos State.

”We are expecting that everything will go well, smooth, free and fair to all eligible voters,” Sanwo-Olu said.

He called on eligible voters to come out and vote, noting that government would continue to increase the advocacy for the people to exercise their franchise.

Also, Senator Oluremi Tinubu called for active participation by the electorate after casting her vote at Ward E polling unit 018, Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State.