Saturday, 21 November 2015

Kogi Guber Poll: Voting Commence after peaceful accreditation reports that accreditation went successful at Kogi state today, and voting has commenced at some polling units in the state.

Our correspondents, who visited some of the polling units across Kogi state reports that eligible voters were seen on queues ahead of the commencement of the accreditation process.

At Karaworo, Maigari palace, Augwan Tiv , Kabbawa and the New Layout in Lokoja, the state capital, NAN reports that the officials and election materials arrived well ahead of time.

Mr Abiodun Suleiman, an official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at polling unit 16 located in Lokoja, told NAN that he and other officials arrived the polling centres with the election materials at about 6:30 a.m.

He said that the accreditation of 1, 686 voters that would vote at the polling units began exactly at 8 a.m., saying that the card reading machines were working perfectly.

The turnout of voters was also impressive in most polling centres visited across the state while security personnel, including the police and personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, were deployed in strategic locations.

At Lokoja Local Government/NEPA polling units on Murtala Mohammed Road, eligible voters were accredited by the use of the card reader while the process was smooth due to the presence of security personnel.

Malam Isa Abdulrahman, an Assistant Presiding Officer in the area, told NAN that the exercise was peaceful, as adequate materials had been made available for the election.

At Kabba-Bunu Local Government Area, the materials and officials also arrived polling centres as early as 7 a.m.
NAN correspondent in the area reports that electoral officials were also at their duty post ahead of the commencement of the accreditation stipulated by law.
At Ayeteju/Kajola,Odoakete-Bolorunduro,Odolu,Ayewa and Okekoko wards of Kabba,the electoral officials, including members of the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC), were also on ground as early as 7: 10 a.m.
Meanwhile, enthusiastic voters, mostly elderly people, have thronged the various polling centres in Ayewa and Ayeteju/Kajowa ward in readiness for accreditation.
One of the electoral officials at Akefe unit, Mr,Dele Ogunyomi, said that they were fully prepared for the exercise, adding that they had been adequately trained to enable them discharge their responsibilities. has earlier gathered that prospective voters from revirine communities in Kogi-East Senatorial District on Friday opted for water transportation to enable them reach their towns and villages ahead of today’s Governorship election in the state.
The electorates, who thronged the Ganaja river bank in Lokoja to cross to Shintakun, due to the high cost of road transportation, occasioned by fuel scarcity, compelled some of them to seek alternative means of transportation.
Others, however, said that the congestion and gridlock on the Lokoja-Ajaokuta road leading to the eastern part of the state influenced their decision, adding that water transportation was ”cheaper and safer”.
Mr Akpena Mamman, a Lokoja-based publisher, told NAN that he registered at home (Bassa Local Government) and could not afford to miss the opportunity to be part of the process of choosing the next governor of the state.
He said that boat ride across the Niger was more convenient, shorter, safer and cheaper for him, adding that it would afford him the opportunity of getting down quick to take part in the last minute mobilisation for his party.
A businessman, Mallam Saliu Mohammed, said it would take between 40 and 45 minutes to get to Dekina from Shintakun, adding that the boat ride across the river enabled him to tidy things up at his shop in Lokoja before living to perform his civic right in Dekina.
However, some artisans and market women, who spoke with NAN at the river side, said the high cost of road transportation was their major reason for using the water side.
Meanwhile, NAN reports that the area also witnessed heavy presence of security personnel.
“We are here to maintain peace and control the crowds that are crossing the river to the other side for the election. So far, there is no security threat. They have been peaceful. Over 2,000 persons have passed through this place today,” one of the security personnel who preferred anonymity, said.
Chairman of Private Boat Owners Association, Ganaja branch, Mr Siaka Musa, told NAN in an interview that many of his members witnessed an unprecedented business boom, saying: “If not for the election, you can’t see people here like this.
“This is our own way of contributing to the success of the election. People moved through this place well, well, today, even more than December period and we are also making a lot of money. We thank God for this.”(NAN)
Accreditation of voters in the Kogi Governorship election commenced at 8 virtually all the polling units across the state following the arrival of electoral officials and materials as early as 7 a.m..



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