PHOTOS: Bye-elections: Voting begins in 11 states

Constituents in 36 local government areas across 11 states in the country began voting on Saturday morning to elect new representatives to fill vacant seats in the National Assembly.

The bye-elections are being conducted by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission across the affected states in the country.

Voters were made to observe COVID-19 protocol even though a number of voters flouted some of the non-pharmaceutical measures to prevent the spread of the novel virus at the polling units.

Security operatives are also on ground to forestall any breakdown of law and order.

Saturday PUNCH reports that a total of 4,215,523 registered voters were eligible to participate in the 36 local government areas, 413 registration areas, 7,702 polling units and 69,921 voting points.

The details of the document obtained from INEC indicated that Bayelsa Central Senatorial District had 4,662 staff; Bayelsa West, 2,281; Imo North, 3,874; Plateau South, 6,347; and Cross River North, 4,042; Lagos East Senatorial District, 9,284; and Ngazai State Constituency, 362.

Others are Bayo State Constituency (456), Bakori State Constituency (1,113), Bakura State Constituency (553), Isu Uzo State Constituency (562), Ibaji State Constituency (667), Kosofe 2 State Constituency (1,610), Obudu State Constituency (12) and Dass State Constituency (398).

See photos: @inecnigeria/Twitter

INEC officials at a polling unit in Lagos on Saturday

An INEC official ensures compliance with COVID-19 protocol at a polling unit on Saturday

Constituents on a queue to vote their preferred candidates

Accreditation of voters

Voting commences

Security operatives at a polling unit to forestall breakdown of law and order

INEC officials with pressmen

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