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Governorship elections: uneven turn-out in Kaduna

By IWPR Nigeria

The post-election crisis that rocked Kaduna state recently, took its toll on the governorship election in the state on Thursday.

The Nigerian Elections News Report - NENR  - correspondents in the state said the turn-out was quite poor in places like Ungwa Rimi, Kaballa and Waff Road in Kaduna North. But it was better in Ungwa Romi, Television, Sabon Tasha, and Barnawa in Kaduna south.

Generally, there were fewer voters, compared with the previous National Assembly and Presidential elections that witnessed a larger turn-out.

In the polling unit of Vice-President Namadi Sambo, only 488 of the 1,148 registered voters showed up for accreditation and voting.

Some residents said they were intimidated by about 20,000 policemen, deployed in the streets to maintain peace.

But a leading politician in the state, Balarabe Musa, claimed that most people failed to vote because of displeasure over irregularities and violence during earlier elections in the state.