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Poor turnout mars Jigawa LG elections

Poor turnout marred the local government council elections in Jigawa State, which held yesterday.

When Daily Trust on Sunday visited Dutse and Kiyawa local government councils, only a few voters were seen on the queues.

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People were seen going about their normal businesses. Speaking to Daily Trust on Sunday, a resident of Dutse, Sani Usman, said there was no contest as the main opposition political party,  the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was not taking part in the exercise.

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A food vendor in Kiyawa, who does not want her name in print, said she was at her restaurant because she was not aware of any election.

The PDP did not participate in the elections because the Jigawa State Independent Electoral Commission (JISIEC) denied the party access to the electoral forms.

Speaking, the Jigawa Central Zonal Vice Chairman of the party, Aminu Jahun said his party was considering  the possibility of going to court to challenge the position of JISIEC.

When contacted, the JISIEC spokesperson, Habibu Babura, said PDP came for the forms after the deadline for the sale of the forms had passed.

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