Nigeriadecides: Former Delta SSG speaks on observed anomalies in the presidential and NASS elections

ITEVEH EKPOKPOBE

The most anticipated poll to decide the next Nigeria president, senators and house of representatives member kicked off today after a one week postponement from February 16, 2019.

In Isoko local government councils, the election did not start at the supposed time, though large turn out of voters was recorded.

In Owhelogbo, Isoko North local government area, voting materials arrived late at about 11.30am against the 8.am given by INEC while accreditation kicked off at about 12.20pm, four hours behind schedule.

The former secretary to Delta state government, Comrade Ovuozourie Macaulay, was accredited at about 12.38pm and cast his vote at about 12.45pm in his polling unit, Ashaka unit 4, Owhelogbo, Isoko North local government area.

Addressing newsmen after voting, Macaulay flayed the delay and identified certain irregularities in the voting process.

“I have observed that it takes a minimum of five minutes to vote. Considering the large turn out it will be a problem.

“Voting did not start until 12 noon, four hours behind time. They have just two ink pads for four voting points. This can cause agitation among the electorates. Most of them came here since 8am.”

According to him, the electorates deserve high commendation in view of their resilience and commitment to the polls, considering the level of technical discouragement.

“Owhelogbo has been very peaceful. The little skirmishes you hear is as a result of the complex nature of our polling system for the general level of literacy. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) must review the quality of its materials.

“However, let me say that, it was not as good as this in the past, hence, we cannot write off the improvement.” Macaulay stressed.

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