State assembly candidates in Anambra have commended the peaceful conduct of Saturday’s election, saying they looked forward to the reflection the people’s will in the results.
Speaking on the election on Saturday, the PPA candidate for Aguata 2 constituency, Mr Geoffery Umeanka and his APGA counterpart, Mr Ikemefuna Uzoezie, commended the INEC ad hoc staff for coming out early but decried the low turnout of voters.
Also reacting, Mr Ikechukwu Umeh of APGA and Mr Ikenna Ezeibenne of PPA, both candidates for Aguata 1 constituency, said that the process was peaceful and called for its successful conclusion.
In his reaction, the state leader of PPA, Mr Godwin Ezeemo, called on INEC to entrust and empower its ad hoc workers for them to use of their initiatives to solve minor problems.
Ezeemo lamented that INEC officials posted to Umuchu Civic Centre Ward 1, could not resort to manual accreditation when the card reader failed to identify the voters.
“ Some voters lost interest in the exercise and went back home since the ad hoc workers were not ready to accredit them manually.
“I approached the presiding officer to tell him that the REC in a town hall meeting said that should the card reader fail to work, accreditation should be done manually but he did not listen.
“ We just commenced accreditation by 11 a.m. after wasting several hours. It is not encouraging at all,’’ he said.
Ezeemo said that the workers should be trained comprehensively to avoid distorting the objective of good and credible elections.
“If my blood will be sacrificed for this nation to get things done right, I am ready to give up my life.
“I sincerely feel pained when we cannot get simple things done right after so much fund and resources have been spent,’’ he said.
Ezeemo attributed the low turnout of voters to the high level of electoral malpractice recorded on March 28 in the presidential and National Assembly elections where peoples’ votes were taken for granted.
A voter at the unit, Mr Emeka Ifedima, called on INEC to improve on the card reader to reduce rigging in in subsequent elections.
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