Voting is ongoing at Ezebe, Umuodu, polling 007. The voting started at 8:43am with voters casting their votes. An eyewitness, Emmanuel Okoye, said; “For the moment, it is going on fine but I cannot tell what may happen. I hope everything keeps on moving fine”, he said.
At Ebe irunono square 3, with, 004 polling. Voting about to commence because of late arrival of materials. The Presiding Officer attributed it to transportation problem
At Ovala Square : 013 Polling Unit, Igbariam, Anambra East. Card Reader malfunctions, voting on hold as the SPO is being awaited for further instructions, whether to use manual or get another machine
At Ndikelionwu in Orumba North, INEC officials were seen leaving for their various polling booths with heavy presence of security personnel
Now the INEC officials are now leaving for their various polling stations for the election. All party agents are here leaving with them
INEC officials not sighted anywhere in IFITE AWKA yet. Only party agents making brisk consultation among themselvess and sharing responsibilities; early voters were seen in clusters!!!
INEC officials are present at St John’s polling booth 2, Ndikelionwu Ward. Security men and party agents present too.
At the AforAgbala Ward 4 Centre, Ezi-Awka. INEC officials claim to have been working all night. Evidence seem to bear them out. The police sergeant I spoke to claimed to have been there since 06:30 hours. This is the Ward for the Transition Chairman for Awka South LG, Hon. Leo Nwuba. Visuals below
A quick stopover @ d Umukwa Multipurpose Hall Centre where Polling Units 09 & 10 are still being set up. They’re late.
At Umunze Community School polling booth 4, no INEC official seen but police officers and voters were seen waiting.
001 and 002 Igbobueze Primary School centre inside St. Anthony Catholic Church and others in Awka Ward 2. Yet to see INEC officials. Some policemen just arrived the venue as at 8.50.
I am now at the polling unit 2. Same Ward 12 Onitsha North. They are still setting up for the voting process
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Voting in progress at Ezinifite, Okpuno 008 with four voting points
Eziebe Nodu 006 inside St. Gabriel Catholic Church. Card reader not working up till this moment.
An INEC official trying out the card reader. No polling agents, and no party agents in sight.
Guber candidate of NEPP complaining that his card could not be accredited to vote
In Omor Ward 2, the card reader in 021 is rejecting many voters’ cards. Mine was rejected. That is where I voted after the INEC officer issued incident fomenting for me to vote
PPA gubernatorial candidate, Godwin Ezeemo expressed worry that INEC officials had not arrived any polling unit in the entire Umuchu. He said PDP, APGA and APC party agents were nowhere to be found at the Civic Centre Ward one, Umuchu. He suspects foul play; that it is a gang up against him!
At the 009, 008 and 0010 Umuawulu Central Primary School, most people have voted; only waiting for counting at the appropriate time. AA, YDP and APGA polling agents were present.
Central School 2, Umuawulu, 009 is the polling units, 278 registered voters. Materials arrived on time because they slept over in the school. Voters complying. No PPA agent on ground again. It comprises three units
According to the PDP agent, Nweke Emmanuel, “the environment not too calm. They give out money to people. The materials arrived on time.
INEC ad hoc (NYSC) electoral officers refused to work because of the non-payment of their allowances. Election materials are held up here as the electoral officers insist on being paid N4,500 instead of the N1,000 offered by the Commission.
At the GRA Ward 11, election is going on peacefully. Although incidence form was given to them, INEC officials have not had cause to make use of it.
At UGA ward 001, unit 17, 18, the atmosphere is calm. The card readers are working well. A good number of security agents are spotted. Andy Ubah of APC has cast his vote. He said he and other aspirants of APC signed an undertaking to support the flag bearer; added that he is satisfied with the way the exercise is going. Commended the electorate for defying the election boycott call and coming out to exercise their franchise. “It is only by exercising their franchise that they can get good roads and other social amenities.” He said he was confident APC would win.
The Anambra state chairman of NNPP, Chief Ugochukwu Ilodigwe just voted. After voting, the party chieftain had this to say to Orient Daily: “the election is moving fine but it hurts me that our people don’t know politics. Money rules them. This money brings problems. The highest bidder wins the election.”
Igwe Joel Mmaduadichie Egwuonwu of Umuenu, voted at his Umuenu Hall 1, Polling Unit 015. His opinion on the exercise: “everything is moving fine without problem. We thank God and hoped that it goes this way every places. We hope that INEC also gives us the right figures.”
He expressed the hope that anybody that wins will work for the good of the entire Anambra people, without discrimination. He would want the winner to bring peace and employment for all our youths as well as build good road for our community.
INEC officials have just (12:45 pm) arrived the Umuchu Ward 1, the ward of the PPA gubernatorial candidate, Godwin Ezeemo. Curiously, the ballot boxes the officials arrived with already had ballot papers inside them. When accosted by the press, the INEC officials were uncooperative and rather recalcitrant. They were not willing to consider extension of time for voting given the time lost between 8:00 am and 12:45 pm. This, appears to corroborate the PPA candidate’s earlier assertion that there may be a grand design against him in the whole election.
At Umuoba Aboegbu in Anam, Anambra West LGA, voter turnout was low but voting was going on without incident. Orient Daily was informed that the community leaders mobilised themselves very well to ensure the election took place without squabbles following APGA, APC rivalry in the area. Some youths who initially planned to disrupt the polls over the IPOB boycott threat were quickly prevailed upon and they stood down the action. However, the turnout was lower than expected. A close battle between APC & APGA here.
At Oye Umuenu market square 1. The polling unit is 001 with 167 registered voters. Voting started by 8 am, and five party agents were present, all playing by the rules.
A voter, Chief Azubuike Ekweozor said “everything is going fine. My people are complying. There is peace and order. Anybody, after voting, leaves the premises; no interruptions. I commend the security and officers.
A native and president of the building materials market in Ogidi. Chief Jude Nwankwo was of the opinion that “everybody was working very well and, as a stakeholder in the village, I am happy that it is calm. I want any government that will provide infrastructure like electricity and roads.
Situation report from Community Secondary School, Ndiowu: Voting going smoothly except for two party agents who exchanged hot words and were tending to fisticuffs before the police personnel intervened and whisked them away from the voting center.
Ezeemo, wife cast vote after very long delay… faults INEC
Voting has stopped at 002 Omor Ward 2. Voters are no more on the queue and so INEC staff are waiting for them t o continue
The PPA guber candidate, Mr. Godwin Chukwunaenye Ezeemo and his wife, Nneka Ezeemo have accused the INEC of deliberately frustrating him and voters of his ward. This was after they had cast their votes at their ward, Umuchu Ward 1, polling unit 001 around 1:30 pm when the electoral officers arrived with their materials.
Speaking from his house after voting in his Madonna Hall polling unit 019, Agulu, Chief Sylvester Nwobu Alor said the election “was going well except that APC and APGA are distributing money to vote for someone who is supposed to serve. The negative mindset of collecting money to vote must change. People should be made to understand the plans of the candidate and not seeking immediate gratification”.
Card readers working effectively in polling units 007, 008 and 012 in Umunya, Oyi local government area.
Voting going on at Agulu Community Town Hall, polling unit 002 with 582 registered voters. It commenced 8 am without any hitches. Hon Sony Obiekie, an observer, said “there is massive turn out. It is fair enough”
Voting peaceful at Agulu though there is complaint about the efficient functioning of the card reader.
At the Madonna Hall, Agulu, the 690 registered voters and the INEC personnel had no challenges. Party agents conducting themselves well.
Election was stopped earlier in some polling stations in Omor Ward 2. This was as a result of a clash between APGA agents and INEC officials. The affected polling stations are 021and 006 where the result sheet was stolen after some crisis, as confirmed to Orient Daily by APGA party agent, Paul Udegbunam. Meanwhile, voting is still going on at other stations in the vicinity.