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Abuja up and early to beat curfew and cast votes

2015-03-28 10:27
Supporters ride in a campaign bus of leading opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari and his running mate Yemi Osinbajo as they drive past a campaign poster of Nigerian President and candidate to his re-elect ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Abuja - Residents in Abuja have waken up early to cast their votes and beat the deadline restricting movements during the ongoing election.

Ahead of elections, police said there would be a "total restriction" of vehicles between 8am (local time) when polling stations open and 5pm. Identical restrictions will be put in place on 11 April for gubernatorial and state assembly polls, he added.

CAJ News observed that many residents have started queuing at the poling units.

Ambulances, fire service trucks and others on essential duties would be exempt.

David Okoro, who resides in Lokogoma area, said he left his area as early as 5:30am to Karu area to cast his vote. 

“Presently, I stay in Lokogoma but I registered when I was in Karu,” he said.

“I left my area around 5:30am to enable me beat the movement restriction to get here,” Okoro said.

At the polling unit in OAU quarters Maitama, CAJ News observed that voters have started arriving early waiting for INEC official to begin accreditation.

Security men and some of the parties’ agents were also present.

Meanwhile the presence of security men was noticeable in most parts of the city. 

Police officers were seen at the polling stations while the military maintained the check points mounted in all the entrances to the city. 

At the military checkpoint around the stadium in Abuja, the soldiers said the movement restrictions began at began at 7 am.

Security has been a major concern for the general election, with the country’s electoral commission forced to postpone a vote scheduled for 14 February because of the deadly Boko Haram insurgency.

Travel restrictions are routinely put in place for elections in Nigeria, where politically-linked violence is commonplace.
- CAJ News
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