Voters turn out en mass in Delta

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Voters turned out en mass in Delta on Saturday to be accredited for the presidential and National Assembly elections.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports most of the wards visited recorded large turn-out and orderly conduct of the exercise.

At Uzoigwe Primary School (Ward 9) in Asaba, Mr Olayinka Akin, the Assistant Presiding Officer of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), said that the accreditation of voters started at 8a.m.

At Ogbeke Square (Ward 6), Asaba, the Presiding Officer Miss Water Asukwo, said that the accreditation began at 8.10a.m.

She said that the exercise had been peaceful except that the card reader in unit 10 of the ward could not verify some voters’ cards, adding that INEC had resorted to physical accreditation of voters in the ward.

At Ward 8, Asaba the Presiding Officer, Mr Akpan Otobong said: “We started accreditation at 8.05a.m. and the accreditation has been going on smoothly.’’

However, At Ugba Primary School (Ward 8) Onich Olona, Aniocha North Local Government Area and Ibusa Ward 6, Unit 3, Oshimili North, electoral officers and materials had yet to arrive as at 9.30a.m.

In Port Harcourt, accreditation of voters began in some wards in various local government areas of Rivers as scheduled.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that in Unit 6, Ward 12, Port Harcourt City Local Government Area, accreditation began at 8.30a.m.

Mr Kondu Joseph, the INEC supervisor in charge of the ward, said: “Everything is in order here. The card reader has been used to check the Permanent Voter Cards in this centre and so far it is good’’.

A voter, Miss Jane Umoh, said she had been accredited and would return to the polling centre at 1.30p.m. to vote.

“I have done my accreditation and my Permanent Voter Card has been checked. I had no problem. I will go home and return to cast my vote,’’ she said.

But at Rumuomasi Ward 8 in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, accreditation had not begun due to the late arrival of INEC officials.

Also at units 9, 10 and 11 of Ward 12, Akuku-Toru Local Government Area, a coastal area of Rivers, accreditation had not begun due to the late arrival of election officials.

However, in Asari-Toru Local Government Area of the state, accreditation began as scheduled in some wards, while there was little delay in other wards.

Mr Ahmad Muhammad, the Public Relations Officer of the Police Command in Rivers, said the command had not received reports of any violence.(NAN)