Late arrival of materials, low turnout of voters signpost Edo LG election

Voters were kept waiting for long in queues at many polling units in parts of Edo for the Local Government Election as electoral materials failed to arrive at 8:00 a.m. as scheduled by the electoral umpires.

In one of the municipal councils within the Benin metropolis, Egor Local Government Area, materials started arriving at the units few minutes before 10:00 a.m even as some political parties’ agents had defied the heavy downpour to arrive the polling units as early as 8: a.m.

Voters, who started trooping into the polling centres some minutes past 8:a.m, expressed surprise that neither electoral materials nor electoral officers had arrived at the polling units.

A security officer deployed to unit 44 ward 10 of Egor LGA, who preferred anonymity, said materials were still being awaited as at 8:30 a.m.

At units 1 to 7 ward 7 in the same council areas domiciled at Olua Primary School, Uselu, officials of the Edo State Independent Electoral Commission came in with electoral materials by 9:37am.

At Oredo LGA, materials were yet to arrive at their various units visited by 10:15 a.m.

Credible News reports that voters were already waiting at units 1 to 3 Ward 12 in front of Oba Market in spite of the closeness to the Oredo LGA Secretariat.

The situation was not different at units 11 and 31 in ward 1 of Oredo LGA, where materials were still being expected as at 10:30 a.m.

In Auchi, Etsako West LGA, it was observed that though materials arrived early in most polling units, low turnout of voters, however, characterised the exercise in the area.
Only few voters were seen at the polling units to cast their vote.

At Ward 11, unit 2, 8, 9 in Jattu, few voters were on ground to cast their votes.

At Auchi Ward 4, unit 5, 6, materials arrived at about 9.00 a.m. with security personnel on ground but few voters were seen.

In Fugar, Ward 7, units 7, 8, 9, Obe primary school, low turnout was recorded as few people came out to vote.

A voter, Mr Monday Ikhiroda, expressed displeasure over the low turnout. He blamed the low turnout to government’s late reversal order of restriction of movement.

“As you can see, there is low turnout of voters in this ward; and from the reports reaching me, there is also low turnout of voters in some major polling units in the Local Government.

“The low turnout of voters can be blamed on late reversal of the restriction of movement order by the state government, as many have gone for their daily businesses”, Ikhiroda said.

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