Voter apathy, ballot snatching smear elections in Imo –

John Kennedy Uzodimma, Owerri.

Saturday’s state assembly elections in Imo state’s 27 state constituencies witnessed apathy among voters across the state compared to the state’s presidential and national assembly elections on February 25.

Voter turnout was low at nearly all polling stations visited during the monitored election. The same goes for Orgi.

Many voters stay at home to deal with their different personal issues at the 015 Umuez Dim stand in Amaraku district and Isiala Mbano LGA

At stalls 007 and 004 at Atta Ward 1, few voters cast their ballots

At stand 001, hall 008, Okeke, Nwangele LGA, a crisis erupted after Labor supporters tried to stop APC supporters from looting ballot boxes and BVAS machines.

Meanwhile, Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, an elderly politician and chairman of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Council of Elders, addressed journalists after the vote and complained about his stall compared to the large number of voters during the February 25 presidential and National Assembly elections. Voters are apathetic.

He spoke of a peaceful election in his district and believed the same would happen in other parts of the state.

Also, Elder Chief Lemmy Akakem’s vice-chairman of the Imo Council spoke highly of the state’s elections.

So far, the good news is that 80 percent of the election materials have arrived early, he said.

He said that, as far as he could see, the country’s last presidential and congressional elections had improved.

Local Government and Chiefs Commissioner Chief Dame Rubby Emele also praised the state’s good performance in Saturday’s state election.

She blamed low voter turnout at polling places on what she said was a single election in the state.

The Commissioner expressed his delight at the early arrival of the election material in the region, adding that INEC was doing its due diligence.

She denied experiencing any vote-scraping in her district, while praising voters for coming out and exercising their suffrage.
Likewise, Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma praised the security measures that have enabled Ndi Imo to exercise its concession.

Governor after voting with his wife Barr. Chioma Uzodimma (Mrs.) Omuma Ward 032 Polling Station, Oru East LGA, Imo State pledges to continue to consolidate all positive efforts for the safety of all.

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