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Niger official says low voter turnout not surprising

  Apathy By  Rita Iliya Dr Mustapha Jibril, the Niger Commissioner for Health and Hospital Management, says the low turnout of voters in  Saturday’s Governorship and State House of Assembly elections is not surprising. Jibril said shortly after casting his vote alongside his wife, Dr Aminu Jibril , at Tillapia Restaurant Polling Unit in Chanchaga […]

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By  Rita Iliya

Dr Mustapha Jibril, the Niger Commissioner for Health and Hospital Management, says the low turnout of voters in  Saturday’s Governorship and State House of Assembly elections is not surprising.

Jibril said shortly after casting his vote alongside his wife, Dr Aminu Jibril , at Tillapia Restaurant Polling Unit in Chanchaga Local Government Area of Niger that that had been the pattern after any Presidential election.

He said many people often lost interest in subsequent elections after the president and National Assembly members had been elected.

“It is obvious that today’s elections had witnessed low turnout of voters, many people did not come out to vote the way they came out for the Presidential election.

“This is not the first, it is has always been like that in previous elections after one political party is declared winner for the Presidential election, people might not have the enthusiasm to come out in subsequent elections to participate.

“But our joy is that the election is peaceful and everybody is allowed to vote candidates of their choice.

“Niger State is known as one of the most peaceful states in the country and the governor has allowed a level playing ground for all political parties,’’ he said.

The commissioner commended women for coming out in large numbers and called on the youth to participate actively in subsequent elections in a peaceful and orderly manner.

Also, Alhaji Baba Yakubu, a chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Niger, said that the low turnout of voters followed an old pattern.

“I have gone round and the turnout of voters was impressive in some polling units while in some polling units it is not something to talk about.

“It is not a new thing, it has always been like that after Presidential elections people lose interest in subsequent elections.

“But the most important is that the election has been peaceful and there will surely be a winner at the end of the whole process,’’ he said.

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