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Nigeria's State Governor Elections Witness Low Turnout

  • Civil society observers have said that during Nigeria’s governor elections the turnout remained low. The election is held just 2-weeks after Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari won his second term in office. In a statement, the Situation Room (an independent mission that consists more than 70 civic groups) has reportedly said that voter turnout has remained low. Reports also say that voter turnout has been especially low in some key places including Abuja (capital of the country), Lagos (commercial capital of Nigeria), and some major northern cities such as Yola and Kaduma. The civil society observers went on to say that “concerns from citizens on the military deployment” is one of the main reasons of low voter turnout.  Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) spokesperson Rotimi Oyekanmi said in a text message that they haven’t got the final figure of voter turnout yet.