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Counting of votes begins in some polling units in Abuja

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People watch as an INEC polling officer educate voters on the voting process at a polling centre in Abuja on February 23, 2019, as they prepare to vote in the presidential election. – Nigerians began voting for a new president on February 23, after a week-long delay that has raised political tempers, sparked conspiracy claims and stoked fears of violence. Some 120,000 polling stations began opening from 0700 GMT, although there were indications of a delay in the delivery of some materials and deployment of staff, AFP reporters said. (Photo by Kola Sulaimon / AFP)

Counting of votes has began in some polling units in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) after the completion of voting.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that voting ended between 1.30 p. m. and 2.30 p.m. in some of the polling units.

In Madalla Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp polling unit 006C in Orozo ward, Garki, voting ended around 1.35 p.m.

Mr Abdullahi Atiku, the returning agent of the All Progressives Congress (APC), expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the election in the unit.

According to Atiku, the officials arrived early and the accreditation and voting process started at about 8.a.m. and ended about 1. 35pm
He said the process was peaceful and orderly.

Atiku said however that some residents could not cast their votes following their inability to collect their Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs).

“We are in a remote area where people find it difficult to go out to INEC offices to effect change of location.

“We made effort to assist them but due to time constraint we could not get the PVCs.

“I am appealing to relevant authorities to assist the people of the community so they can be properly registered and get their PVCs in case of subsequent elections, ” Atiku said.

Also at the 0178 EFAB Estate Life camp polling unit, voting ended at 2:17 p.m., after which electoral officials immediately commenced sorting out unused ballot papers.

Party agents and observers were directed to be on standby as counting of votes begun immediately they finished with the sorting out of unused ballot papers.


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