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Massive turnout as Delta holds state constituency by-election




By Edeki Igafe

There was massive voter turnout in Saturday’s by-election of the local Isoko North constituency constituency for the Delta House of Assembly.

The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that the distribution of electoral materials from the Zone Registration Centers (RACs)to the various voting units started around 7:00 a.m. while voter accreditation started around 8:30 a.m. in some offices. to vote. units.

Voters who included young and old alike were happy to exercise their civic rights.

A participant, Ms Aghogho Elias, said: “I want to vote because I am alive.”

There were few vehicles and people on the roads while security personnel occupied various strategic locations and polling stations in the state constituency.

This was in execution of the directive of the Police Commissioner (CP), Delta Command, Ari Ali, who had previously issued an order banning the movement of people between Friday midnight and 4 p.m. Saturday in the region.

However, some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have complained about the failure of card readers in some voting units.

They described it as a deliberate attempt to manipulate the results.

Mr. Godnews Agbi, an APC leader, said the failure of the card readers was a calculated attempt by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to fingerprint ballots.

“In the Ozoro 2 neighborhood, they tore the clothes of one of our agents and it is a deliberate plan by the PDP for the thumbprint,” Agbi said.

In a Swift response, Mr. Nelson Egware, Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa‘s senior special media assistant, said PDP should not be blamed for the failure of card readers.

“When someone falls, they’re usually looking for something to hold onto.

“In my unit the card readers are working and people are voting, there is nothing quite like thumbing ballots.

“I think it’s the same in the neighborhoods of the constituency,” Egware said.

The president of the PDP of the local government area of ​​Isoko North, Mr. Godwin Ogorugba, said he was satisfied with the voter turnout.

Ogorugba, who voted in Otibio, Unit 3, said he was happy with the by-election.

In addition, Mr. Jude Ogbimi, PDP by-election candidate, welcomed the peaceful conduct of the election as he voted in Otibio, Unit 2.

NAN recalled that the by-election concerned the vacant seat of the Delta House of Assembly created by the death of Tim Owhefere, its former majority leader, in January at the age of 57. (NOPE)


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