Nigerians vote to elect state governors and local councilors

President Muhammadu Buhari. Photo: RR

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – An estimated 72.7 million Nigerians are voting this Saturday to elect 29 state governors, lawmakers as well as chairpersons and councilors of the six Federal Capital Territory Area Councils.

The country’s Independent National Electoral Commission said 72.7 million or 86.63 per cent of registered voters are casting their ballots in 119,973 polling units in all 1,082 constituencies across the country.

INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu told reporters that the commission had effectively tackled the challenge of logistics as materials for the election were delivered on time at polling stations.

However, INEC has postponed till 23 March the House of Assembly election for the Nassarawo/Binyeri State Constituency of Mayo Belwa Local Government Area in Adamawa.

The move follows the death of a member of the assembly, Mr. Adamu Kwanate, who was a candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election.

Heavy security presence and strict enforcement of movement restriction were noticed in parts of Nigeria, including Lagos as residents troop out to vote.

At the end of last week’s presidential election, President Muhammadu Buhari polled 15 million votes to defeat former Vice President Atiku Abubakar who has since been crying foul.

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