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Voting to be concluded in 5 LGAs of Lagos on Sunday

2015-03-29 08:03
A woman displaced by Islamist militants attacks casts her vote in Yola, Nigeria. (Sunday Alamba, AP)

Lagos -  Akin Orebiyii, the Lagos State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of INEC, says voting will continue in five Local Government Areas of the state on Sunday.

Orebiyii made the disclosure at a press conference on Saturday night in Lagos, while giving an update of the presidential and national assembly election in the state.

He said that voting would continue on Sunday in five council areas of Alimosho, Oshodi-Isolo, Kosofe, Eti-Osa and Somolu.

"The commission advised that as a result of the time lost in tackling the challenges encountered with the smart card readers at some voting points, we should conclude the exercise tomorrow (Sunday)."

"So, wherever it has not been concluded, it will be rounded off tomorrow."

"We observe that the electoral process will not be concluded in few polling units across five local governments in Lagos State."

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"The local governments are Alimosho, Eti-Osa, Kosofe, Oshodi-Isolo, and Somolu,’’ he said.

Orebiyii said that the specific polling units in the affected areas would be announced in the early hours of Sunday.

According to him, there will be some restriction of movement in the affected areas but it will not affect religious worship.

He said that the accreditation would hold from 10:00am to 2:00pm while voting would commence at 2:30pm till the last person duly accredited voted.

The media reports that some prospective voters had difficulties with their accreditation because of the malfunctioning of smart card readers in some units in the state.

The challenge made the commission resort to the use of electronic voter register for accreditation in the state.

This delay made voting to start late in many polling units across the state.

Read more on: lagos state  |  2015 elections  |  politics

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