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Jonathan not surprised at low voter turnout in Bayelsa

Posted: Apr 12, 2015 at 7:17 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Igoniko Oduma, Yenagoa

President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday said he was not surprised about the low voter turnout in the House of Assembly polls in Bayelsa State.

Goodluck Jonathan

Goodluck Jonathan

Jonathan told newsmen after his accreditation that the low turnout was because the state was not conducting governorship poll the same day.

The President was accredited for voting in his Ward 13, Unit 39 Otuabla, Otuoke, in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State at about 10.48 am.

According to him, “Naturally, different levels of elections elicit different interests.

“Presidential elections are quite interesting; governorship elections are quite interesting.

“If we were to have governorship elections in Bayelsa State, the mobilisation would have been higher because you need to mobilise the voters to come out.

“But for state Assembly elections, the interest is not as high as the presidential elections or governorship elections.

“We expect low turnout for states that don’t have governorship elections. There is no governorship election in Bayelsa that is why the turn out may be low,” he said.

On the better card reader performance in his ward this time around, the president attributed it to improvement in technology.

“It is technology. There must be some minor errors and they (INEC) have rectified the fault. Although I am still hearing that we have some problems of rejection, but I think INEC has a way of handling their assignments.

“The most important thing is that elections will be conducted,’’ he said.

Jonathan also said he was optimistic his party would do well in many state governorship and Assembly polls.

Earlier, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Bayelsa State, Baritor Kpagih, had said that elections would be conducted in the constituencies where materials did not arrive in all the areas on April 18.

“Some constituencies are not going to the polls today because of non-receipt of sensitive materials from Abuja.

“We discovered that in some constituencies, the number of ballot papers received were short by a few numbers when compared with the number of PVCs distributed in those constituencies.

“We tried to get the stakeholders together to agree on whether to go on with the election even with the shortfall because since from history we have never had 100 per cent turnout.

“Because in all these areas I am talking about we had over 75 per cent of the ballot papers.