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Lagosians Defy Rainfall To Vote

Lagosians Defy Rainfall To Vote

Many voters in Lagos State on Saturday refused to be perturbed by the heavy downpour in certain areas of the state in electing the political leaders who will lead them in the next four years starting from May 29.
The electorates in places like Alimosho, Mosan-Okunola, Ifako-Ijaiye, and Abule-Egba came out en mass to vote and refused to be discouraged by the heavy rain.
A voter in Ifako-Ijaiye/Ojokoro area of Lagos, said he had made up his mind to exercise his franchise come what may, and that was why he preferred to stay in the rain to cast his ballot.
Oyekunle, who voted at Unit 015, Ward C in Kole junction area of Olaniyi, Abule-Egba, said many voters also stayed back in the rain to cast their votes for the preferred candidates.
The situation was also thesame in Unit 025, Ward C in Ile-Ogbo area of Abule-Egba.
In Iyana-Ipaja and Mosan-Okunola areas of Lagos, many voters equally waited under the heavy rain to cast their ballot.
Immediate past chairman of Mosan-Okunola Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Abiodun Mafe, said that the resolve of the people to cast their ballot even under the heavy rain was a pointer to the fact that Nigerians were indeed ready for the democratic experience.
Mafe, who spoke to reporters after voting at Ward H, polling unit 036, commended INEC for introducing novel ideas but asked that more efforts should be put in place to ensure that all eligible voters cast their ballot.
He said the teething problems experienced in some areas as to late arrival of voting materials and officials, as well as other issues with the card reader machines should be urgently addressed so that many eligible voters would not be disenfranchised.
However, another voter, Sola Idowu in Ward 040 in Alimosho said it was unfortunate that over 1000 voters who came out to cast their ballot could not do so.
Narrating the ordeal of voters to our correspondent, Idowu said: “We got here around 8:30am and the turn out was impressive. We waited till around 9:30am and there was no INEC personnel on ground.
“The police officers for this area came around 9:30am but the INEC guys did not come until around 11am. After about 30 minutes, they told us that the card reader was not working and then they left and told us that they are coming back.
“Since the, we have been waiting and this is almost 5:30pm and we are yet to see them. The story we are hearing now is that the election has been postponed till tomorrow but we are yet to be officially notified in this area if indeed voting will take place tomorrow,” Idowu narrated.?

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