Downpour affects Lagos election
Flood in Lagos on election day
The downpour which began at about 5 a.m. in many parts of Lagos State left many areas flooded and affected early commencement of voting in the local government polls.
The rain, which lasted over two hours, confined many residents to their apartments. Road users drove against traffic in some areas as people rushed, all in a bit to beat the 7a.m. restriction of movement time and the flooded roads didn’t make this easy.
At the Berger end of Lagos-Ibadan expressway, many motorists trying to get out of Lagos, apart from contending with the rain, were caught up in the restriction of movement time which took off at 7.00 a.m, causing a heavy traffic gridlock.
Badagry polling Units 007, 008 and 009 in Ward A, Badagry Local Government had a few voters present at some polling units as security personnel, electoral officers and materials were on ground by 8a.m.
In polling unit 008 in Ward B few voters got accredited and began voting by 8.25a.m while polling Unit 007 in Ward D had two voters at 8.30am.
Mrs Verona Chike, the Polling Officer in the unit, blamed the low turnout on the downpour.
“I am sure that more voters will come out as soon as the rain stops,” she told NAN.
However, in some areas of Ikotun/ Igando Local Council Development Area, electoral officers and materials had yet to arrive as at 9.30a.m, with only agents of political parties at some poling units visited by then.
In Ward B, Unit 005, on Apapa Road, in Lagos Mainland Local Government Area, electoral officers arrived at 9.25 a.m. shortly after the rain stopped in the area.
In the Alimosho Local Government, NAN correspondent reports that the premises of the Alimosho Local Government Secretariat was a beehive of activities as several commercial buses were being loaded with electoral materials and officials at 9:30 am.
NAN observed that vehicles carrying the materials escorted by security operatives began filing out of the LG compound which doubles as the LASIEC secretariat at 9:45 am.
Mr Bakare Olagoke, the Electoral Officer of the Alimosho Local Government branch of the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC), told NAN that the rain delayed the process.
“We are leaving now. It is heavy rain and only God saved us that the communication mast did not fall on our office or anyone because the rain was too heavy,” he said.
Lagos residents are at the polls to elect chairmen and councillors in the 20 Local Government Areas and 37 Local Council Development Areas of the state.