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Elections peaceful in Calabar South


nigeria-calabarSaturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections were peaceful in Calabar South Local Government Area of Cross River, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

NAN correspondent who covered the polls in the area reports that in spite of the challenges of   network connections for card readers, accreditation and voting went on smoothly.

Mr Edem Okon, who voted in Ward Four, Polling Unit Three, described the process as peaceful and orderly.

Okon who commended security agents for providing adequate security for voters and others at the polling unit, said he was pleased with the conduct of eligible voters who came out early for accreditation.

He said that Nigeria was beginning to get it right by educating youths on the need to shun electoral malpractices.

“I came here as early as 8.00 a.m., I can authoritatively say that there have been no case of violence in this polling unit,” he said.

A voter, Dr Oqua Akak, said that Calabar South which was perceived to be a violent area, turned out to be the most peaceful.

Akak who voted in Ward Seven, Polling Unit Two, urged the INEC to address the challenges of the card reader before the April 11 election.

He commended the Cross River Government for sensitising residents of the state to the need for peaceful conduct during and after voting.

Earlier in an interview with NAN, Mr Ekpo Okon, former Chairman of PDP in the state, said that the peaceful nature of the polls was due to the sensitisation of electorate to the need
to avoid election violence.

Okon who described the high turnout of voters in various polling units as impressive, commended INEC for the early distribution of sensitive and non sensitive materials.

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