By Mustapha Yauri
Low turnout of voters has characterized Saturday’s State Assembly bye-election in Sabin Gari constituency of Zaria town in Kaduna state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the seat occupied by Aminu Shagali, member representing the constituency, was declared vacant in April, after he was alleged to have absconded from activities of the assembly for more than 360 days.
Security operatives and election officials were at the polling units as early as possible, with accreditation and voting starting simultaneously at various polling units by 8.30am.
Electoral officers had to wait for voters in most polling units as a result of the low turnout.
However, the exercise was generally peaceful in most of the polling units visited by NAN.
Speaking on the cause of the poor turnout of voters, Malam Idris Lawal, a politician said most people thought the election would not start as scheduled.
Lawal, who is a member of the All Progressive Congress (APC), said they would reach out to the electorate to remind them about the exercise before the close of voting.
Similarly, Aminu Ado, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) expressed optimism that the number of voters would increase later in the day.
The election is holding in seven wards, namely include Chikaji, Muchia, Jushin Waje, Hanwa, Dogarawa, Unguwan Gabas and Zabi.
No fewer than 128,051 registered voters are expected to participate in the exercise, for which five political parties fielded candidates, according to INEC.
The political parties include the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), People’s Redemption Party (PRP), African Democratic Congress (ADC), and Action Democratic Party (ADP).