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Peaceful and Low turnout as Enugu holds LG elections



The turnout for the Enugu State local governments election held yesterday in most of the polling units was generally low as most residents were going about their businesses.

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi voted at his Amube Ward II Polling Unit, Ohom Orba, Udenu LGA some few minutes after 12pm.

The chairmanship candidate of African Peoples Alliance (APA) in Enugu South, Chukwunonso Ogbe, described the conduct of voters as ‘peaceful’.

Ogbe, however, decried the attitude of the electoral officers as forcing the electorate to vote in their presence, adding that the people needed to be given the latitude to vote according to their conscience without inhibitions.

In Enugu South, it was observed that as at 9: 00 a.m. materials were yet to leave the local government headquarters to the polling units for the council election.

A collation officer at Achara Layout, Romanus Odili, decried the delay, but urged them to remain calm as the materials would soon arrive.

“The late arrival of material is what is delaying the distribution and commencement of the election,” he said.

Felicia Chime and Godwin Agu, who were at the Igbariam Primary School ward 7 for the exercise, expressed disappointment at the poor preparation by ENSIEC.

“We don’t understand why materials have not arrived as at 9 a.m. for a local government election,” they said.

The election started at Abakpa Nike in Enugu East local government by 10:00am with low turnout of voters.

There was heavy security personnel in all the centres visited as voting was going on peacefully.

A party agent of the Democratic People’s Party (DPP) in Abakpa two Ward 16, Christopher Ugwu, expressed satisfaction with the election process.

“This election is moving on well but the materials arrived very late. Despite the late commencement, voting is still peaceful and orderly but I am not happy with the turnout,” he said.

All Progressives Party (APC) agent at the Tipper Park polling unit in Abakpa two, Chigozie Oguegbu, also expressed dismay over voters’ turnout.

“In this polling Abakpa two ward 17, we have 10 polling units and in Ngwo Park centre we have 11 polling units. This is still the best election so far in the state as at this morning, unless things will change at the long run,” Oguegbu said.

It was a similar story in Nsukka, as materials arrived late in most polling units visited.

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