Abuja - As voting gradually ends in some parts of Anambra, some electorate,
including the state commissioner for youth and sports, Dr Edozie Aroh,
have criticised the lapses witnessed in the exercise.
Aroh blamed the lapses on the poor dispatch of materials and
personnel by INEC, adding that any result from the area would not be
acceptable to them.
In Abatete, in Idemili Local Government Area, NAN reports that neither materials nor INEC officials were seen in the area.
Reacting to the situation, Onataluchi Ogwuikpor, a voter who said
he had been at the community hall since morning, expressed worry over
“We are confused; nothing is happening; we have been at Eke-Abatete
since 7am.There have been movement of vehicles in and out of this
place; all I wanted to do was to cast my vote and go home but I cannot
At Ifite-Abatete voting unit, only three people voted before they revolted on the grounds that there were no result sheets.
Corroborating the Abatete situation, the commissioner expressed sadness that voting had not commenced as at 3.30pm.
“It is a poor showing by INEC; in spite of decentralising the
distribution of materials to ensure easy access, we still did not get
materials; people are protesting; they insist they won’t vote without
the result sheets in place.
“We suspect foul play because materials should have been in place by 9am; they said that the corps members were on strike, among other
``If results are released for Abatete, it will not be acceptable to us here,'' the commissioner said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that in Nimo Wards 1 & 3
and Enugu-Ukwu Ward 2 voting had ended and unit results released.
Similarly, at Agu-Ukwu Nri, where Mrs Ego Okafor, the Transition
Chairman of Anocha Local government Council, voted, results were already
being collated under a peaceful atmosphere.
Okafor said that the process commenced on schedule although there was a low turnout of voters.
In Otolo, Nnewi, voting had also ended while most of the results from
the polling centres in Awka South were being compiled at the council's
However, in Obosi, Idemili North local Government Area, there was no INEC presence till 4pm.
Consequently, the community refused to participate in the process,
stressing that accreditation was supposed to have started at 8am and
ended at 12.30pm, while voting was billed to have commenced at 12.30pm and ended 4pm.
Victor Egbunam, a resident in Obosi, expressed disappointment
in INEC, which had earlier assured the people of a free and credible
Egbunam said that INEC had no reason not to provide facilities for
election in Idemili, considering the smooth road network in the area.
"I consider this action of INEC as sabotage and a show of incompetency."
Meanwhile, the INEC Public Relations Officer in Anambra, Frank
Egbo, told NAN that election would hold in Obosi on November 17, but did
not indicate whether other areas where there complaints would also be