Abuja council polls witness varied turnout

Voters on queue...

The FCT election witnessed one challenge too many.

In a bid to tackle challenges of accreditation in some areas in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, the Independent National Electoral Commission has deployed more personnel to the areas, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Godwin Kwanga, said on Saturday.

Mr. Kwanga made this known to newsmen in Abuja following series of complaints arising from accreditation of voters in the affected areas.

The large turnout in Abaji was a challenge for the officials.

However, the late arrival of INEC officials and voting materials were the challenges in some other parts of the city.

Mr. Kwanga spoke about INEC’s commitment towards a hitch-free exercise within and outside the metropolis.

He explained that human errors often led to some unforeseen challenges, but said that INEC is in firm control of the situation.

He assured the electorate that their votes would count in the election, while commending them for their peaceful conduct.

Meanwhile, Mr. Kwanga visited Abacha Barracks Polling Unit, where voting commenced at 12.45 p.m.

Voting began at Central Primary School Polling Unit in Kwali, at 12.30 p.m. while the exercise started in Mpape at the same time.

However, voting at Dobi polling unit one in Gwagwalada Area Council, began at 1.37 p.m.

The immediate past Chairman of the area, Zakari Angulu, called on INEC to deploy more personnel to Dobi polling unit two.

Meanwhile, voting has commenced in the polling stations in Gariki, Abuja.

In Area 2, section one, an official said that out of 2014 registered, only 65 came out for accreditation and less than 60 voted.

Voting in Area 2 polling unit ended at 1:47p.m. In areas that registered poor voter turnout, voting was orderly and peaceful in Garki.

Meanwhile voting and counting had been concluded at the King of Kings School at Kabusa in Lugbe, while voting was concluded peacefully at the Demonstration Primary School Polling Station in Gwagwalada.

(NAN)


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