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Voting counting ongoing with mobile phone lighting in Lugbe

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Abuja, March 28, 2015 (NAN) Counting of ballots and collation of results have commenced following the conclusion of voting in polling stations in the FCT and across the state, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

A correspondent of NAN monitoring the process at the Lugbe Market Polling Unit, reports that vote counting was in progress under the cover of darkness, with mobile phones as the only lighting source.

However, the exercise was being conducted under the watchful eyes of security personnel, party agents and voters, as there was no other alternative.

With accreditation of voters starting at 10.40 a.m., voting stretched up to 7.03 p.m. from 3 p.m. as against the INEC schedule of 5 p.m.

A total of 449 voters were accredited at the unit as against the 1,666 expected, according to party agents.

They blamed the situation on the fact that many eligible voters earlier scheduled to vote at the ACO/Sabon Lugbe units failed to show up, due to the cancellation of the units by INEC.

NAN learnt that the voters were only informed of the merger of the ACO/Sabon Lugbe and Lugbe Market Polling units this morning, a development which angered them.

They decided to disperse to their various homes due to the distance involved, as mobility constituted a challenge.


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