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Late arrival of materials characterise elections in South East

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Late arrival of officials and materials characterised Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections in many parts of the South East zone.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that in Enugu, Imo, Abia, Ebonyi and Anambra, the situation of non-arrival of the men and materials dominated while accreditation actually started early in a few places.

In Aba, Abia, the election materials did not leave the Aba South council headquarters until 8.45 a.m. The long queue of commercial buses hired to convey the materials to the polling centres waited while the officials ran around to collect the materials. Meanwhile, many voters waited for the officials and materials in many of the voting centres from 8.00 a.m.

In Abakaliki, accreditation did not start as scheduled in some areas while it commenced early in others. At Ehiebe in Ebonyi local government, the officials had not arrived at 8.30 a.m. while voters waited anxiously. Some of the voters, Moses NKwuda, Adline Ucha and Miriam Egbo, said that they were at the pollig unit as early as 7 a.m. and expressed disappointment that it did not start on schedule.

An INEC official who pleaded anonymity blamed the late distribution of materials to logistics problems but assured the people that the situation would normalise. NAN reports that in all the polling stations where accreditation had stared, the card readers functioned without hitches. In Anambra, the elections started on a rather slow note as accreditation in most polling units were yet to commence as at 11,00 a.m.

The Public Relations Officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mr Frank Egbo, said, however, that materials were moved to the various poling units before 8:30 a.m. At Nri Boys Secondary School, the polling unit of Mrs Uche Ekwunife, a member of the House of Representative, the materials were yet to arrive as at 11.00 a.m.

In places where accreditation had commenced, including the Uruekwo polling unit in Enugu Ukwu, the country home of Dep. Gov. Nkem Okeke, the card reader failed in one of the two polling units. At Ndiowu community in Orumba North local government, there was complete failure of the card readers but accreditation commenced after party agents agreed to use the voter register and incident forms.

Mr Osita Ofor, a voter, appealed to political party agents and INEC to allow the accreditation to go on without the card reader machines. At Ogbu-Obi Primary school, Obosi in Idemili North local government, election materials arrived at about 10.45 a.m. Meanwhile, the police in the state have confirmed reports of an explosion which destroyed parts of a building at Ayom na Okpala Primary School, Amenyi in Awka.

The spokesman of the police, Mr Uche Ezeh, told NAN that the bomb squad had been sent to the scene to ascertain the situation. “We gathered that some youths last night set off fireworks. So the bomb squad will determine whether it was a bomb or ordinary fire works,’’ he said. In Imo, the materials arrived at Umueze Enyiigugu,Aboh Mbaise local government at 12.20 p.m. just it arrived late in many other areas of the state



7 Comments
  • AriseNigeria

    INEC rigged this election with APC before it even started, I will not be surprised when JEGA with his gap tooth will announce general Buhari as the winner of a predetermined presidential election. I think, Jonathan and his men waited rather too late to stop this Apc doom train on their deadly track.

  • mickwise

    Is Only God that will help gej,Jega and the apc is already rigging the election inteligently, from the view of things.gej only take action wen things is too late

  • mickwise

    I hope,nigerians and the the whole world is seeing the pretence of jega and apc.jega must be prosecuted

  • EZE OKORO

    why are u guys disturbing yourselves… Buhari followers always make noise and they always have failed expectations…. this is Naija I tell you what one knows the other also knows too

  • EZE OKORO

    Jonathan does not talk much but no matter what the results turns out to be …. Buhari has always been a failure
    so whether Jega rigs or not Jonathan cannot be a fool

  • Emma Okafor

    This is one of the the highest forms of daylight robbery of voters rights by denying over 95% of the voters the opportunity to vote within the stipulated time.To start with, there was no INEC official was available to start accreditation at the stipulated time in almost all the South Eastern part of Nigeria. This is on record. When some INEC officials finally arrived several hours late, the biometric machine failed to function in locations for the accreditation. And without accreditation, no voting. This is a form of technical rigging perpetuated on the Easterners, either by act of omission or commission or both by some highly placed officials or outright system failure without any human error. To shift the election to Sunday is a disaster to any political party hoping to win based on the votes of the people of the region.One has to take into cognizance the sociology-cultural life of the people. Sunday is a day of worship for 99% of the people. In the light of the above, therefore, it can be safely said that there was no election in the South-eastern states. For any election to be credible, it must be seen to be fair and free.
    We therefore call for rescheduling of the election on a neutral day to be announced to the people -NOT ON A SUNDAY as you will see very low turn out

  • ifeanyi

    With all the resources given to INEC I expect not all this stories of late arrival of materials….Am sure this is much in SOUTH EAST because is being taged as a stronghold of GEJ and they want to disfranchise people from voting GEJ back to power…I plea with our people to wait patiently nomatter what.