Bauchi by-election: Rural people abandon polling units to go to farm
Farming activities have taken their toll on Saturday’s Bauchi South Senatorial by-election, with some rural areas recording low turnout of voters.
Correspondents of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) covering the election report that as at 9am, the number of voters that turned out for accreditation and voting was not impressive.
In Begel town of Dass Local Government Area, an official of INEC, Suleiman Abduljalal, a Presiding Officer II, told NAN that most of the voters had gone to the farm.
In Mararaba Liman Katagum town of Bauchi Local Government and some other rural areas, the turnout was also unimpressive for the same reason.
However, a polling agent of the Social Democratic Party and a native of Begel, Abduljalal Garba, told NAN in Bauchi that such development was anticipated whenever election took place during the farming season.
“People normally go to farm in the morning, election or no election, but they will definitely come to cast their votes later in the day,” he assured.
In Tafawa Balewa town, Ezekiel Samson, a farmer who arrived late to the polling unit told NAN that he had to leave for his farm early morning.
“My farm first before voting. Most people have gone to the farm. They may come back to vote later,” he said.
In some polling units within Bauchi metropolis visited by NAN, voting commenced about 30 minutes behind the scheduled time of 8am, and turnout was also unimpressive as at that time.
At polling units in Yakubu Wanka, Kobi, Fadaman Mada and tirwun areas of Bauchi metropolis, among others, INEC officials, security personnel and party agents told NAN that the process was going on peacefully, and expressed the hope that all would end well.
Bauchi South Senatorial District comprised of Bauchi, Tafawa Balewa,Toro,Dass, Bogoro, Kirfi and Alkaleri Local Government Areas.
The by-election is being conducted, sequel to the death of the representative of the district at the senate, Ali Wakili, on March 17, 2018.