Saturday, 16 November 2013
Anambra Governorship Election: Live Updates
A PREMIUM TIMES crew is in the state to give you live, minute-by-minute updates of the election as it unfolds in the 21 local government areas of the state.
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Nnewi roads remain deserted as the election holds. Meanwhile some people were sighted playing football and when I asked them why they were doing so, they said their votes won’t count since some of their friends names were missing from the register.
Back at Polling Units 12 – 16 at Okpuno Otolo Nnewi. The disenfranchised voters say their problem is yet to be solved. “I closed my market to come here today. I must vote, whether they like it or not,” one of them said.
At Obi Ilo Okoye polling unit in Awada, Onitsha, there is no INEC and police presence yet, the state-run Anambra Broadcasting Service, ABS, is reporting.
At INEC office in the presence of Premium Times, Shittu explained that the observers might have been detained by the soldiers because the names of the groups were not on the updated list of the observers. The original list contained 23 but the updated one contains 28 groups.
Prospective voters at the PUs 12 – 16 at Okpuno Otolo Nnewi are furious that they are being disenfranchised.
“I came here by 8.30. I did not see my name. They said I should go. And I registered here and have voted here two times – the last governorship election and the presidential election,” said Chinedu Chukwu, 28, whose card shows PU 12.
Over a dozen other voters say they have the same problem with Mr. Chukwu.
“They said we should wait. We have waited for over one hour,” John Nwonu, 27.
There are few voters at PU 12 – 16 at Otolo, Nnewi.
Emmanuel Okeke, the APC agent, tells PREMIUM TIMES that most voters who came for accreditation at the stations did not see their names on the register.
“At polling unit 14, only 6 people were accredited out of 77. Majority did not see their names on the register and the voters said this is where they were accredited. We reported to an INEC official and he said maybe they did multiple registration,” said Mr. Okeke.
But an INEC staff told PREMIUM TIMES that the voters had different polling units on their cards.
“They have been coming and we are directing them to where the polling units on their cards are located,” she said.
Soldiers apprehend and detain some election observers from two groups, NBA and Civil Rights Society Group on their way from Awka to Onitsha.
INEC Director of Election Monitoring, Bala Ibrahim Shittu, has just left INEC office, Awka to intervene and effect their release.
Accreditation started at 10am at Ogbugbankwa Square 1 & 2, Awka South. Some voters on queue complain they arrived since6am. #AnambraDecides
This is 9.40. We are at Ward 2, Polling Units 007 and 008, Umuono Community Assembly, Ngodo, Nice Village No single INEC officials here. They are yet to arrive. The voters are anxiously waiting for them and complaining.
At Ekwulobia, some voters driving to their polling units were stopped security officials. They were made to alight from their vehicles and walk to the polling unit.
Residents at Nnewi have largely complied with the movement restriction, save for the commercial motorcyclists. At the Polling Unit 007, Okwuezemewi Obiagbo, in Nnewi North, the INEC officials have arrived and commenced identification of party agents.
Voters at Polling unit 002, Enem hall, Otolo in Nnewi north.
Accreditation has begun at Nnewi ichi, Nnewi. At polling unit 007, there is visible police presence. The officials are calling in voters in batches of 10 to be accredited.
Awka roads and streets are virtually empty. However, some shops are open. Pockets of People moving apparently going to their polling units. PREMIUM TIMES is on the busy Onitsha-Enugu Express Way. The security is tight everywhere. Security personnel are patrolling. Soldiers have just apprehended two motorcyclists who are carrying their wares apparently going to trade.
Rowdiness at Ezi Umunagu Square 1 Ward as some APGA supporters argue among themselves. As a result, accreditation is yet to commence. Some members of the community are helping to set up the table waiting for INEC staff who are yet to arrive.
At Ezi Umuogbu Square Ward 005, Awka, accreditation has commenced. INEC adhoc staff, a youth corps member, Kenneth Nwobu said the exercise started at exactly 8.10 a.m. He said there are 674 registered voters but the ward was given 675 sheet in case of error.