Election situation in Lagos: Late arrival of INEC officials and materials

Election situation in Lagos: Late arrival of INEC officials and materials

Saturday, March 9, 2019 12:57 pm

Voters queue early at a polling unit

By Isa Isawade

In most places where pmnews team visited this mornning in aojodu, Agege and Ikeja, INEC officials and materials were yet to arrive. At polling units 008 and 039 ward F on kosoko street, at kosoko junction by Ojodu berger bus stop, men and materials of INEC were yet to arrive at 9.30am. Party agents spoken to by pmnews complaint bitterly that they had arrived at the units by 7am and were pained that there was no sign, beyond the chairs and canopies of INEC rediness to conduct election there. They said they had sent delegates to the materials collection center of INEC at the Technical College at Agidingbi along Lateef Jakande road, Ikeja to lodge complaints and get information.

Same was the situation when we got to polling units 17 and 18 ward F at same ojodu LCDA, Inside the ojodu grammar school at 9.45am. Party agents spoken to appealed to pmnews to help contact INEC in the regards.

Voters in unit 026, ward B opposite Excellent hotel Ogba complained that they had been waiting since 8am without noticing any INEC official around. Pmnews arrived there at 9.52am

It was only at polling unit 020, Ward F inside Sogunro estate, along Ijaiye road, Ogba at 10.00am that pmnews met INEC officials, who just arrived, arranging their materials in readiness for accreditation and voting.

At ward C, polling unit 006, opposite Public Utilities Monitoring Assurance buildng on Adeniyi Jones, INEC and materials arrived around 10am. But at unit 046, Ward E, Ajao road, Ikeja Local Govt, INEC officials and materials were yet to arrive as at 10.15 when pmnews arrived at the unit. The voters who had been waiting to vote since morning were already becoming restive, believing that INEC was up to a mischief regarding conduct of election in the area. They asked us to contact INEC on their behalf.

Also at Agege, most of the polling units were yet to receive INEC men and materials. Even at Agage ward E, polling unit 026, where the speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly is to vote, INEC officials and materials were yet to arrive at 10.20am. Voters there were calling on pmnews to contact INEC on their behalf.

At the Alausa ward F, polling unit 008 on Makinde street, INEC officials just arrived at 11.15am. The officials said voting would commence soonest. But there was low turnout of voters.

The only polling unit where voters turnout was impressive was the polling unit 047, ward F on Sunday Adigun street whe Asiwaju was expected to vote. Materials arrived at 11am and accreditation started immediately. The unit witnessed heavy presence of journalists and election observers, both local and international

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