By UMAR FARUK, Gusau
Low turn out was recorded in Gusau, Zamfara State at governorship and state assembly election.
In major polling stations electorate have not shown up in good time, but the situation was relatively fair in some local government areas, such as Maradun. Talata Mafara and Bakura as respective polling booths were full to capacity
In some of the polling units which include, Gagangaren Sarkin Asking, 044, JNI, Danturai, Mayana, GRA, Tudun Wada, Army Barrack 09, Birnin Ruwa polling booths visited by our reporter observed that, the election officials were stranded waiting for voters to come and cast their votes.
Our reporter observed that, the election started around 8:00am in some of the polling booths in Gusau metropolis as there was security operatives comprising Police, Army, NSCDC, Immigration Service, DSS going up and down to ensure peaceful election exercise within Gusau the state capital.
In an interview, one of the INEC Adhoc staff in Gangaren Sarkin Aski polling unit in an anonymity condition said, they came out on time and spent more than one and a half hours waiting for voters to come.
“As you can see, we are all stranded waiting for voters to come and exercises their civic rights and we have no options than to wait until the time of closure of the election as stipulated by INEC”. He said.
In an interview with journalists, the state Deputy Governor Malam Ibrahim Wakkala shortly after casted his vote at Katsauri Garkar Sarki 020 polling unit in Gusau, expressed his satisfaction with the way how voting is going smoothly.
PDP governorship candidate, Hon. Bello Matawalle expressed satisfaction with the security arrangements in the state.
He called on the electorate to be law abiding and channel their grievances to appropriate authorities.