A ballot box filled with ballot is pictured before being counted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at a polling station in Yenagoa in Bayelsa State ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Enugu - Late arrival of officials and
materials characterised Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections
in many parts of the South East zone.
In Enugu, Imo, Abia, Ebonyi and Anambra, the situation of non-arrival of
the men and materials dominated while accreditation actually started early in a
In Aba, Abia, the election materials did not leave the Aba South
council headquarters until 8.45 a.m.
The long queue of commercial buses hired
to convey the materials to the polling centres waited while the officials ran
around to collect the materials.
Meanwhile, many voters waited for the
officials and materials in many of the voting centres from 8.00 a.m.
Abakaliki, accreditation did not start as scheduled in some areas while it
commenced early in others. At Ehiebe in Ebonyi local government, the officials
had not arrived at 8.30 a.m. while voters waited anxiously.
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Some of the voters,
Moses NKwuda, Adline Ucha and Miriam Egbo, said that they were at the pollig
unit as early as 7 a.m.
and expressed disappointment that it did not start on
schedule. An INEC official who pleaded anonymity blamed the late distribution
of materials to logistics problems but assured the people that the situation
Polling stations where
accreditation had stared, the card readers functioned without hitches.
Anambra, the elections started on a rather slow note as accreditation in most
polling units were yet to commence as at 11,00 a.m. The Public Relations
Officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mr Frank Egbo,
said, however, that materials were moved to the various poling units before
At Nri Boys Secondary School, the polling unit of Mrs Uche Ekwunife,
a member of the House of Representative, the materials were yet to arrive as at
In places where accreditation had commenced, including the Uruekwo
polling unit in Enugu Ukwu, the country home of Dep. Gov. Nkem Okeke, the card
reader failed in one of the two polling units.
At Ndiowu community in Orumba
North local government, there was complete failure of the card readers but
accreditation commenced after party agents agreed to use the voter register and
Mr Osita Ofor, a voter, appealed to political party agents and
INEC to allow the accreditation to go on without the card reader machines. At
Ogbu-Obi Primary school, Obosi in Idemili North local government, election
materials arrived at about 10.45 a.m.
Meanwhile, the police in the state have
confirmed reports of an explosion which destroyed parts of a building at Ayom
na Okpala Primary School, Amenyi in Awka.
The spokesman of the police, Mr Uche
Ezeh, said that the bomb squad had been sent to the scene to ascertain the
situation. “We gathered that some youths last night set off fireworks.
bomb squad will determine whether it was a bomb or ordinary fire works,’’ he
said. In Imo, the materials arrived at Umueze Enyiigugu,Aboh Mbaise local government
at 12.20 p.m. just it arrived late in many other areas of the state.
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