A low turnout of voters has been reported in Imo State as residents have stayed indoors and have not come out to vote.
Residents report that the late arrival of election materials by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the absence of officials in some polling units have discouraged some voters.
At Polling Unit 008, 009 and 020 in the Ihiagwa Community in the Owerri West Local Government Area, Imo State, sources said that INEC officials were absent as people waited patiently for their arrival.
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One of the voters, Obinna Unegbu, expressed dissatisfaction that officials of INEC had yet to arrive at his booth 008 and 009 as of 10 am.
He said he and his people would wait to vote even if it took INEC till 10 pm to show up.
At booth 020, a community leader, Emeka Udokporo, said that he was worried that INEC staff had yet to arrive at the station as of 10:3am.
He advised INEC to ensure that all eligible voters are given the opportunity to vote.
At booths 001 and 002, INEC staff arrived around 11:30 am.
The electoral materials were being sorted as of the time our correspondent arrived.
Speaking, the candidate of the Labour Party for the Owerri West House of Assembly election, Precious Opara, said that he was not satisfied with the late arrival of electoral materials.
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He said, “I am not satisfied with the late arrival materials. This is my catchment area. This could be a ploy to mar my chances of winning but I am confident of victory anyway”.
The All Progressives Grand Alliance candidate, Ekene Umunnakwe, said that despite the late arrival of the INEC staff, his people were committed to voting for him.
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