Epe records high voter turnout amidst heavy security presence –

Officials from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) arrived at the polling station in Epe Division, Lagos at 8.15am on Saturday, and certification and voting began around 9am.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that elections started on time in constituencies A5, A6, A4 and A2 and polling stations (PUs) 007, 008, 009, 006, 001, 05 and 010.

Voter turnout was also high at polling stations 02, 05, 07 and 010 and in constituencies A1, A3, A4 and A6.

NAN reported higher voter turnout in gubernatorial and house elections compared to presidential and NASS elections.

There was also a substantial security presence as Nigerian Police, Nigerian Army and Federal Road Safety Force were seen patrolling their vehicles.

Mr Akanni Seriki, an official of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said he arrived at the polling station around 8.45am and cast his vote around 10.05am.

He added that the exercise was seamless and remarkable.

Another voter, Mr. Segun Sonaiki, Permanent Secretary of Lagos Education District 4, praised the early arrival of INEC temporary staff at the polling stations.

He also expressed appreciation for the peaceful conduct of the poll.

Voter and APC staunch supporter Mr Lanre Odubote said he arrived at the polling station at about 8.55am. And wait patiently to exercise his franchise at around 10:15am.

“Compared to the Presidential/NASS elections, I welcome INEC’s peaceful, fast and credible exercise today.

“I am personally satisfied with the behavior of the security agencies, the patience of the voters and the peaceful atmosphere in Epe province.

“I have to applaud the election campaign this Saturday,” Odubot said.

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