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#NIGERIA DECIDES2023: Guv’ship, Assembly elections record low turnout of voters in Rivers

The governorship and state House of Assembly elections in Rivers State, on Saturday, witnessed a low turnout of voters.

Unlike the February 25 Presidential and National Assembly elections, which saw a high turnout of the electorate from 8 am, the enthusiasm is absent today.

As of 9:40 am, some polling units in Woji, Elekahia and Rumuomasi areas of the state have not started voting.

Also, the number of people seen at the polling units in the area was fewer compared to that of the presidential and National Assembly election, as the state has over 3.5 million registered voters.

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In some parts of Port Harcourt, youths were seen playing football on the streets freely.

There was calm in Port Harcourt and its environs, amidst the presence of policemen, soldiers and other security operatives.

In Governor Nyesom Wike’s Ward 9, Unit 7A, voting commenced but the governor did not arrive early for the exercise.

Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Dr. Tammy Danagogo, cast his vote in Ward 4, Unit 10 Jack-White Compound in Degema, while the governorship candidate of the Accord Party, Chief Lulu-Briggs, cast his vote in Unit 1, Ward 4 also in Degema, Akuku-Toru Local Government Area.

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The low turnout of voters may be attributed to the political tension in the state coupled with the recent show of force by the military and the police on Friday.

Some have said another reason for the voter apathy was because of some reported issues of malpractice in some parts of the state.