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Voters keep vigil at Lugbe

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Election officials start the counting process at a polling station in Abuja on March 28, 2015. Problems with new technology forced a 24-hour extension to the presidential election in Africa's most populous nation, Nigeria, and renewed Boko Haram violence hit the knife-edge vote. AFP PHOTO/STRINGER

Election officials start the counting process at a polling station in Abuja on March 28, 2015. Problems with new technology forced a 24-hour extension to the presidential election in Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria, and renewed Boko Haram violence hit the knife-edge vote. AFP PHOTO/STRINGER

Voters, including pregnant women and the aged, defied all odds to cast ballots till 11.45p.m. on Saturday at Kabusa Ward 03 at ECWA Church Premises, Lugbe Village, Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the voters kept vigil till 2.45 a.m. on Sunday to monitor counting of the ballots and hear the result of the polls at the unit.

A` Good Samaritan’ had provided a power generator to provide light at the place under the watch of security personnel.

One of the voters, Mr Favour Joshua, said that the voting started at 7.30p.m. on Saturday because of delayed accreditation.

Joshua said that although the voters had come out on Saturday morning for the exercise, they were unable to get accredited due to late arrival of electoral officers and materials.

NAN reports that the accreditation of voters started at 11.40 a.m.

NAN also reports that the voters protested when electoral officers attempted to stop accreditation at4.30p.m. on Saturday.

Timely intervention of a security team led by ASP Emmanuel Lafet, prevented breakdown of law and order.

A total of 684 voters were accredited at the unit as against 1,969 expected, according to the Presiding Officer, Mr Paul Davidie.

Davidie said that out of the 684 accredited voters, 459 had their finger prints authenticated by card readers while 225 filled the incident form because the machines could not read their permanent voter cards.



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