Lagos East bye-elections: low turnout, late voting in Shomolu

Accreditation and voting started late in Somolu for Saturday’s senatorial bye-election in the constituency.

When BusinessDay visited the Shomolu local government area around 9:30 electoral officials were sighted erecting their polling cubicles.

However, it was observed that there was a low turnout of voters in most of the polling units visited by this reporter.

Some voters and party officials who spoke on the election decried the late arrival of election materials at their polling units.

But some party officials, however, expressed optimism that the election would be a success, they urged security officials to be at alert to check any act capable of disrupting the exercise.

The Senate seat was left vacant following the death of the former Senator representing the district, Bayo Osinowo, who died of Covid-19 earlier in the year.

The by-elections are expected to be a straight contest between the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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The APC candidate, Tokunbo Abiru, an ex-banker was a former commissioner in the state under the Babatunde Fashola administration, while the PDP candidate, Babatunde Gbadamosi was the governorship candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADP), in the 2019 gubernatorial election in the state.

Similarly, the Kosofe 2 constituency Lagos State House of Assembly seat which was also left vacant following the death of its former occupant Tunde Braimoh is also taking place in the constituency today, Femi Saheed is representing the APC, while Ademola Alebiosu is the PDP candidate.

Yesterday the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Warned stakeholders that it was in collaboration with Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), Economic Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and security agencies to ensure that perpetrators of vote-buying and other electoral malpractices are punished, adding that the use of the mobile phone by voters to snap their ballot papers would not be tolerated.

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