CONFUSION AT ABUJA POLLING UNIT AS VOTERS REJECT USED CARD READERS, BALLOT PAPERS

February 23, 2019
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There was confusion at the Aya Polling Unit 010 in Abuja as voters at the unit rejected an already used card readers and ballot papers brought in by officials.

The trouble started at the unit when the voters who had waited at the PU010 saw the officials arrive at the unit with used election materials and a crowd of voters from an alleged illegal unit.

Continentour.com.ng gathered that the officials had mistakenly set up the voting materials at Total filling station, Area 11 junction close to the force headquarters before they were informed that it was a wrong unit.

They were later moved to Aya roundabout – the authentic unit for PU010.

Speaking on the crisis, one of the voters, Chidinma Ibezim, who cast her vote at Force Headquarters area said herself and other voters were at the unit as early as possible before casting their votes.

Commenting angrily at the process, Ibezim said she believed the confusion arose because there used to be a Total fuel station at Aya which is no longer in existence.

It’s not true, the voting there was not done manually, the card readers was used for me and others there. We had just voted before one woman came and said this is not the right place.

She now asked the youth corps members go leave the place with the materials, when we got to this place, they started harassing us that we came with already used ballot papers and card readers.

They want to indict the NYSC members working for INEC on this election but it’s not true, look at my PVC here,” Ibezim said.

Lamenting the need to queue in line for a fresh accreditation, Ibezim said she would rather go home than stand in line again.

However, addressing the issue, the Resident Electoral Commission (REC) for Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Yahaya Bello, said voting that occured at the previous unit have been cancelled.

Bello invalidating the voting said process was done illegally and will have to be conducted again for validation sake. He further urged the voters to queue up for a fresh accreditation and voting process.

Bello said when he inquired of any party agent was available at the unit, the polling officials responded in the negative.

I asked if there were any security agents at the unit and they said, No. That was one of their mistakes as the commission of police has ensured that at least a DPO is stationed at every polling across the FCT,” Bello said.

He also said that when he checked the card readers to ascertain the number of votes already cast, he discovered they were done manually.

The election was carried out in wrong place and the only security present were the ones that escorted them from the REC centre,” he noted.

Meanwhile, Continentour.com.ng reported that Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has been reported to be unable to cast his vote at Agassa Okene-eba Ahachi ward unit 011 following some technical faults in the available card reader.

Owing to this, Governor Bello who is said to have been at the polling unit with his wives since 8am, has remained stranded.

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