Late Registration, Poor Voter Turnout In Delta Bye-Elections

Voting period at Saturday’s bye-election for the Delta Central Senatorial Zone was extended for some hours following the late arrival of electoral personnel and voting materials at the polling centres.
Voting should have commenced at noon after the accreditation of voters, but this was not to be as electoral personnel and voting materials did not get to some the polling units until noon, forcing accreditation to begin late and voting to be delayed.
Tracy Eluemunor, the electoral officer at Otujeremi Ward 3, Ughelli South local government area, told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, that officials had been instructed by INEC to extend the time.
Euemunor said she was optimistic that all the voters in the ward would cast their votes following the time extension.
However, there were no electoral officials and materials at polling units at Amakpo Ward 1, Ighrokpokpor Ward 2 and Pipeline Ward 6 in Ughelli North.
In Ogharisi Primary School Ward 7 and Otowvovo Ward 9 in Ughelli South and Agbarotor Ward 12, there were no personnel and materials as at noon.
The situation resulted in poor turnout of voters as some had to leave the voting centres disappointed since no official was present when they called.
The security situation in the areas monitored was peaceful except at Ewu in Ughelli South.

Some angry voters had held members of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, deployed to the polling units hostage for some minutes.
However, there was a restriction on the movement of persons in Ughelli, and only a few petrol stations were open for business.
NAN gathered that voting materials were sent to Ughelli on Friday by INEC to avoid any form of delay in the conduct of the bye-election.
The bye-election followed the death of Sen. Pius Eweridoh, who represented the senatorial district in the Senate until June 30.

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