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Voting commences late in Nnewi

11 January 2014, 15:53

Nnewi - Voting in Saturday’s local government election started late in several polling units in Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra.

A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent who monitored the election in some polling units in Umudike, Ukpor and Nnewi South, reports that election materials were delivered around 11 a.m.

However, accreditation of voters and voting commenced immediately, in line with the guidelines stipulated by the Anambra State Independent Electoral Commission (ANSIEC).

NAN reports that voting was peaceful and orderly at the Umuorji Town Hall polling unit, where Chief Ossy Iyiegbu, the chairmanship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) voted.

Iyiegbu told newsmen after casting his vote that he was satisfied with conduct of the election.

He said that with the conclusion of the election, democracy would finally be established in at the grassroots.

If elected, he said, the people of Nnewi South Local Government Area would enjoy dividends of democracy and good governance.

A councillorship candidate in Umudike Ward 3, Valentine Ifechigha, who cast his vote at Central School unit 003 Umudike, expressed gratitude to Gov. Peter Obi for making it possible for him to test his popularity at the poll.

A voter, Kelvin Chukwumaobi, described the poll as a ``new dawn’’ in Anambra, saying, “with the outcome of the election, governance has finally been brought to the grassroots.”

Chukwumaobi, the Managing Director, Apams Ltd., however, appealed to successful candidates to justify the expectations of the people by ensuring that they enjoy the dividends of democracy.

-    NAN

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