Candidates of various political parties for chairmanship and councillorship positions in Bwari Area Council of the FCT are still begging prospective voters to go to polling centres.
Apparently campaigning in disguise, the candidates were seen going to houses and corner shops to beg voters to go out and cast their votes.
Our correspondent reports that there was voter apathy in most of the six area councils of the FCT, a development that forced candidates to disregard the provision of the Electoral Act that prohibits campaign on election day.
In Kubwa for instance, candidates and agents of various contestants were seen talking to the electorate at the FHA Housing Estate, begging them to go and exercise their franchise.
The situation was the same around old NEPA road and other locations.
“We’ve no option but to go from house to house and beg people to come out and vote,” a chairmanship aspirant of one of the political parties said.
“We know it’s wrong to campaign today but what do we do? There is voter apathy all over,” he said.
A voter, Sapheena Yusuf, who was seen at 313, said she was initially reluctant to go out.
“I’ve my voter’s card but I wasn’t keen about voting because I felt it didn’t worth it…it was our councillorship candidate that begged me to come out,” she said.
Our correspondent reports that accreditation and voting are going on simultaneously because turnout of prospective voters remained very low till around 11am, when after endless plea by candidates, residents started going out to cast their votes.
“We have all the election materials here but only few people are willing to come,” said an INEC official at 313 polling unit in Kubwa.
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