Saturday, November 30, 2013

ANAMBRA POLL LATEST: Accreditation Almost Over, Voters Indifferent


photo - ANAMBRA POLL LATEST: Voters Indifferent
Electoral Officers waiting for voters at Akpakaogwe polling booth, Ogidi Ward 1 in Idemili LGA. Photo by Tony Edike
Anambra State - It seems that the November 30 supplementary governorship election in Anambra will be remembered not only as a scandalous one, but also as a political event marred by the voters' apathy.
Despite the timely arrival of electorial materials at many polling units in the state (there are 210), the number of eligible voters was low compared to the turn-out during the November 16 and 17 elections.
By 10am, only 34 people were accredited at Central School Ideani; 60 at Umuoji Village Hall; 23 at Ideani Primary school. Electoral Officers were seen waiting for voters at Akpakaogwe polling unit, Ogidi Ward 1 in Idemili LGA, while at 11am, only 56 voters were accredited out of 830 registered voters at the unit.
Meanwhile, electoral materials were yet to arrive at two polling units in Fegge in Onitsha South LGA at 11:00am.
As accreditation process is nearing it end, reports of a low turnout at Fegge Ward Six, Onitsha South arrive.
Despite decision of their parties to boycott the election, APC and PDP agents were present at voting centres; APC agents, however, were seen not wearing tags.

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