Late arrival of INEC officials, materials mar polls in Lagos

Late arrival of INEC officials, materials mar polls in Lagos

Voters queuing to vote during a recent election

Late arrival of INEC officials slowed down the voting process in some parts of Lagos as most voters waited patiently for INEC officials to arrive. In Satellite Town, voting materials did not leave the RAC centre until about 9.20 am when actual voting was scheduled to start by 8am.

In Epe, few voters at the Ogunmodede Junior and Senior College in Papa Epe, Epe, where Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State is expected to vote, were still awaiting INEC officials as at 8.21 a.m.

Few security officials were also on ground at the school.

In Ebute-Meta West, some voters who arrived early complained about INEC officials’ absence at Apapa Road Ward 004a and 004b, Elena Primary School.

As at 8:25 a.m, voters continued to hang around the Ebute-Meta West ward for the election which was supposed to kick off by 8:00 a.m.

Eligible voters in Badagry, a coastal town in Lagos State, besieged different voting units as early as 7:00 a.m. awaiting the arrival of Independent National Electoral Commission official to conduct election.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that there were more than 300 voters at the Ansar-Udeen Grammar School, Badagry for polling units 03 and 04, waiting for INEC officials.

As at 8:20 a.m., the situation was the same at Badagry Grammar School, which would serve as one of the collation centres, as well as polling units 01 and 02, where the officials of INEC were seen waiting endlessly for vehicles to take them to different polling units.

One of the polling officers told NAN that they slept in the school so that they could get to their destinations on time.

According to her, we are still waiting for the vehicles that will convey us to our polling units.

Meanwhile, INEC officials have arrived Ikoga, Igborosun, Pota polling units as early 8:04 a.m. and the voting process has commenced.

Mr Tunji Akande, a voter at Badagry Grammar School said it was sad that when voters left their homes as early as 6:00 a.m. and walked to the polling station, they had to wait till 9:00 a.m. for INEC officials.

“This is unfortunate; we learnt the election will start by 8:00 a.m. but unfortunately, nothing is happening here,” he said.

NAN reports that the bus conveying the officials arrived at 8:42 a.m. and carried the stranded INEC officials to their duty posts.

Accreditation and voting were yet to commence at Polling Unit 009 at Daura Road/Ashanti/Randle Roads in Apapa, as of 8.45 a.m.

The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Jimi Agbaje, is expected to vote at the polling unit.

NAN reports voters as many as 50 were seen on the queue, waiting for the commencement of the process.

Though  electoral officers arrived  the polling units with materials on time, they spent much time pasting voter registers and making other preparations for the process.

The situation at the polling unit, however, remained calm as voters were orderly and security men were around to check any breach of peace.

The situation was the same at polling unit 1, Modiq /Fagbayi/Queens Barracks in Apapa as the process commenced..

Unlike  at Agbaje’s polling  unit, where there was a long queue of voters waiting, the electoral officers were the ones waiting for voters.

As of 9:00 a.m., a couple of voters were seen arriving at the polling unit to partake in the process.

Meanwhile, Lagos roads were free of vehicular movement due to the restriction of movement, while security personnel were seen on  the roads to maintain law and order ahead of the general elections.