Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola at the polling booth waiting to cast his vote ~ Israel Ojoko
Abuja - Voting commenced late in many
polling stations across the country in the 2015 Presidential and Senatorial
stations concluded accreditation by 2.30 p.m., one hour behind the 1.30 p.m.
schedule for actual voting to commence.
At the 015 polling unit in Jikwoyi, 608 people were
accredited and the exercise was concluded at exactly 2:15 p.m. while voting
started by 2:30 p.m. while 3, 992 people were accredited at unit 017, with
voting starting at 2:25 p.m.
In all the polling units visited, old women and men, the
sick and pregnant women were accredited and allowed to vote first.
Ninety-two-year-old Mrs Rose Nkirikami expressed joy that
she was privileged to witness this year's election.
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"I don’t think I will have the opportunity again. I am old
and might not experience any other election; I have tried and I thank God for
"I wish whoever wins God’s wisdom to discharge his
duties,'' she said.
Meanwhile, in Gombe south, no fewer than four polling
stations commenced voting by approximately 1:30 p.m. while in Darazo town in
Bauchi state, voting did not begin until about 2:21 p.m.
However, voting commenced at the LEA Pimary School, 3rd
Avenue, Gwarimpa Estate, at 3:30 p.m. with 764 accredited voters. Seven hundred
and six voters were accredited electronically while 58 persons filled the
People who filled the incidence form included those whose
cards were accepted by the card reader but their names were not found in the
register and those whose names were found in the register while their cards
were rejected by the machine.