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Voter apathy, late arrival of INEC officials mar Imo Assembly polls

by OkeomaNews

There is voter apathy in Imo State as residents vote in the on going House of Assembly elections in the state.

This is even as late arrival of the staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission and electoral materials have undermined the integrity of the process.

Our correspondent who is monitoring the exercise observed that prospective voters are dissatisfied with the absence of INEC officials at polling stations.

At booth 008, 009 and 020 in Ihiagwa community in the Owerri west Local Government Area of the state, our correspondent saw no INEC staff as some people wait to vote.

One of the voters, Obinna Unegbu, expressed dissatisfaction that officials of INEC had yet to arrive his booth 008 and 009 as of 10am.

He said himself and his people would wait to vote even if it took INEC till 10pm to come.

At booth 020, a community leader, Emeka Udokporo, said that he was worried that INEC staff had yet to arrive the station as of 10:3am.

He advised INEC to ensure that all eligible voters are given opportunity to vote.

At booth 001 and 002 INEC staff arrived around 11:30am.

The electoral materials were being sorted as of the time our correspondent arrived.

Speaking, candidate of the Labour Party for Owerri West House of Assembly election, Precious Opara, said that he was satisfied with what the electoral umpire.

He said ” I am not satisfied with the late arrival materials. This is my catchment area. This is could be ploy to mar my chances of winning but I am confident of victory anyway. ” He said .

The All Progressives Grand Alliance candidate, Ekene Umunnakwe, said that despite the late arrival of the INEC staff, his people where committed to voting for him.

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