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Imo voters denounce late arrival of materials

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INEC Ad Hoc staff

Some voters in Imo State, yesterday, complained about cases of late arrival of election materials at some polling units in different parts of the state.

As at 9 a.m., INEC and security personnel/voters were yet to arrive at Amakohia – Owerri North Local Council.

The same problem was noticed at Obiangwu Ward, in Ngor Okpala Local Council. At Shell Camp, near Alvan Ikokwu Federal College of Education, booths 004 and 005, no electoral official and security men were seen as at 9.27am. It is not more than five minutes drive from the Owerri Municipal, from where the materials should have been distributed.

Also as at 9 am, no materials, electoral officials and security personnel were sighted at Ngali Ward in Ngor Okpala Local Council. Materials arrived at 8.50 a.m at Ezeoba, Emekuku ward 010.

Voters who turned out at Central School Anara, Isiala Mbano Local Council, were disappointed when they were informed by the electoral officials of shortage of ink, biro, ballot boxes and cubicles.

Interestingly, at 9.40 a.m., the Action Alliance (AA) governorship candidate in the state, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu, cast his vote at Obire, Nkwerre Local Council.

The Imo State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Prof. Francis Chukwuemeka Ezeonu, told The Guardian that 70 governorship standard-bearers were contesting to replace Governor Rochas Okorocha on May 29, while 974 contestants were angling to represent their constituents in the House of Assembly.


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