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Chaotic situation at rescheduled elections in Anambra state

Posted: Apr 19, 2015 at 1:00 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chukwujekwu Ilozue Correspondent, Awka

Election materials were absent in many polling units where election were rescheduled yesterday.

These areas were Anaocha constituencies I and II, Uga ward I in Aguata state constituency and Ekwusigo state constituency.

At Uga ward I election materials and result sheet could not be located at the polling units causing voters to refuse to go on with accreditation.

It was when Independent National Electoral Commission Director of Operations Mr. Mohammed Ajumawo came and brought electoral materials that voting started.

In the heat of that  Senator Andy Uba who came to came to be accredited  and to vote St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Uga polling unit was chased away and he fled in the Aguata I state constituency seat in Anambra state House Assembly by some thugs suspected to be working for one of the political parties in the election.

Uba who arrived the polling unit at about 10.45am for accreditation found to his chagrin that the Electoral Officials could not commence accreditation because election materials which were said to have been distributed on Friday night could not be supplied to the INEC staff on duty.

He was still in his car making phone calls, apparently to contact officials of the INEC at the state headquarters when some thugs numbering about 50 stormed the centre which has two polling units, and, he quickly zoomed off with his aides to avoid attack by the thugs most of who were identified by some of those waiting to be accredited as none indigenes of the area.

Shortly before he left the polling unit in a hurry, Uba has sent one of his aides to invite newsmen present to express his dissatisfaction with the situation at the polling unit but could not because the suspected hoodlums who were brought to the polling centre in about two buses and a jeep suddenly arrived before the interview started.

Voting started later when materials arrived.

Violence also erupted at the Otiogbata polling units 0014 and 0015 as voters and members of some political parties complain of non-availability of sensitive materials. One Mr. Linus Madukwe told LEADERSHIP that INEC official came to the polling units without result sheets and ballot papers, so they refused to present themselves for accreditation until the sensitive materials were produced.