It has been reported that, voters in Ifako-Ijaiye Federal Constituency of Lagos State came out only in few number early on Saturday as the bye-election for their new representative in the House of Representatives got underway.
Meanwhile, the bye-election, organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is taking place as a result of the death of Mr Elijah Adewale, who was the representative of the constituency in the House of Representatives in Abuja on the 20th day of July.
At some of the polling units visited in Ifako-Ijaiye early Saturday,only but a few voters were sighted waiting to cast their votes, hours after the polls commenced at 8.00a.m.
Out 1006 registered voters, as at 10 a.m, only four voters were seen on queue, to cast their votes at the Polling Unit 001, Ward-3 at Bishop Oluwole Memorial PrimarySchool in Iju Area.
At the polling unit 010, Old Akute Junction, some 30 voters, out of 1086 registered voters, were seen on the queue as at 10.30 a.m.
In Ogba, as at 9.45 a.m, in some polling units, only INEC officials and party agents were seen on ground with no one to vote at all.
As at 9.45 a.m in Polling Unit 19, Ward 7, INEC officials were on ground but accreditation and voting had not commenced.
Also in Polling Unit 18 Ward 7, as at 9 a.m, voting had not started, and INEC officials were seen trying to settle down for the day’s business.
At Polling Unit 009 Ward 06 on Lucas Street, voter accreditation started around 9.30 a.m., and many voters were seen waiting to cast their votes.
Speaking to NAN, some party agents complained of late arrival of materials and polling officers, saying they had to wait for INEC staff.
”I was here before 8 a.m waiting for INEC officials, but to my greatest surprise, they arrived by 8.30 am.” Narrates, Mr Frank Igor, PDP party agent at polling unit 18 ward 7.
Also in the same ward, APC party agent, Mr Abayomi Bambo, said that INEC officials came with materials late, though security agents were on ground.
”I came here around 7a.m; so far, both accreditation and voting have not started as at few minutes to nine”. Said by Mr Patrick Eze, SDP party agent in polling unit 001 ward 3
However, in the areas where accreditation and voting had commenced as at 10 a.m, the card readers were functioning properly and efficiently.
In all the polling units visited, there was heavy presence of security personnel.
People were also been called out by Town criers who were going about from place to place.
Notwithstanding, it is expected that the last voter in the election be on queue by 2.00p.m to be allowed to cast his/her vote.