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Governorship and State House of Assembly Elections 2019

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Between 7:45 AM and 8:00 AM, heavy vehicular and human traffic is reported between Ikeja and Ojodu Berger, defying

Ojodu Berger, by Idowu Awoyinfa

the restriction of movement order on election day. 

At 7:48 AM, security officials, voters and party some party agents take their stands awaiting the arrival of INEC officials at the Ojodu Berger Garage Polling Unit .

At 8:12AM, Polling Unit 61,Ward D, Temple Road, Ifako Ijaiye Local Government Area of Lagos, only security personnel and few party agents are on ground.

Despite assurances by INEC of timely arrival of electoral officials and materials, many polling units are empty in Ijaiye at 8:25 AM.

 Polling Unit 61,Ward D, Temple Road, Ifako Ijaiye Local Government Area of Lagos

Polling Unit 61,Ward D, Temple Road, Ifako Ijaiye Local Government Area of Lagos by Janet Ifidon

Polling Unit 61,Ward D, Temple Road, Ifako Ijaiye Local Government Area of Lagos by Janet Ifidon

At 7:54 AM, electoral officials arrived Polling Unit 32, Ward 7, Mushin, Lagos. There are issues of some missing non-sensitive materials in some polling units. The materials include ‘Voting in Progress’ sign, gun, stamp pad and fingerprints pad in polling unit 33, Ward 7, Mushin, Lagos. The presiding officer had to move to neighbouring polling units in search of spare materials.     

Polling Unit 32, Ward 7, Mushin, Lagos.
Polling Unit 32, Ward 7, Mushin, Lagos.

Polling Unit 32, Ward 7, Mushin, Lagos. 1
Polling Unit 32, Ward 7, Mushin, Lagos. 1

At 9:00AM, INEC officials arrive polling Unit 076, Ward C, Alimosho LGA, Lagos.

At Alagbole Akute Road, by Church Street Junction at Ojodu in Ogun State, voters have turned polling areas to party venue, consuming assorted alcoholic brands. Security official have no idea why INEC official were yet to arrive at about 10:00AM.

But they eventually arrived. Voters are now on the queue expecting take-off of accreditation.

At Iwo Street, there are three units: two on Iwo and one at Adebayo Street. INEC officials are allowing party agents to vote first in order to face their jobs.

At Igbehinadun Street Polling Unit, under Ojodu Abiodun, voters are set. At Adebowale Street off Yakoyo the two Polling Units there were without any INEC official as at 10.14AM.

INEC officials arrived Ojudu Primary School on Aina Street at 10.28AM.

As at 9:20 AM, voting was yet to commence at polling unit 33, Ward 7 Mushin LGA, due to unavailability of the Stamp Pad. The SPO was called but he was not available to provide a situation yet. One of the agents later offered to provide a stamp pad.

dispute arose when a PDP agent accuse ad-hoc staffs of allowing a voter with someone else’s voter’s card to vote.

That was resolved by security agents at about 9:34 AM.

Stamp pad was finally provided and voting commenced immediately at about 10:05 AM.

Ad hoc staff of INEC who arrived Polling Unit 59, Ward B, at 10:32 AM after a long time, went into negotiation with INEC over their outstanding allowances.

A voter at the polling unit said “We are really discouraged by the inability of INEC to fund ad-hoc staff. Since INEC said that any polling unit that does not commence voting at the official time, must extend it closing time.”

There has been slow voting process in unit 220/221 Power Line Zone, Ogun State as party agents are disrupting voting process. 

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