#AssemblyElections: Voter apathy, defamatory ballot theft in Imo

By John Kennedy Uzodimma, Owerri.

Saturday’s State Assembly election held in Imo State’s 27 state constituencies has seen voter apathy in all parts of the state compared to the February 25 presidential and National Assembly elections in the state.

There was a low voter turnout in almost all the voting units visited during the monitoring of the election. It was the same situation in Orji.

In the Amaraku neighborhood and booth 015 Umuez Dim in Isiala Mbano LGA, a good number of voters stayed at home to attend to their different personal affairs

In booths 007 and 004 of Atta Ward 1, few voters turned out to cast

In Okeke Hall 008, Stand 001 at Nwangele LGA, a crisis broke out following an attempt by Labor supporters to stop APC supporters from stealing the ballot box and BVAS machines.

Meanwhile, an elderly statesman and chairman of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo council of elders, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, spoke to reporters after casting his ballot and complained about the apathy of voters in their booths compared to the massive voter turnout. during the presidential and National Assembly elections on February 25.

He spoke of the peaceful election in his area and believed that the same situation would prevail in other areas of the state.

In addition, the vice president of the Imo Council of Elders, Lemmy Akakem, highly rated the development of the elections in the state.

He said that so far, so well learned that 80% of electoral materials arrived ahead of time.

He said that from what he has seen, there is an improvement compared to what happened in the last presidential and National Assembly elections of the country.

A Commissioner for Headquarters and Local Government Affairs, Chief Ms. Rubby Emele, also praised the good conduct of the state’s Saturday State Assembly election.

She blamed what she described as only one election in the state for low voter turnout in voting units.

The Commissioner expressed his joy at the prompt arrival of the electoral materials in the area, adding that the INEC fulfilled its duties diligently.

She denied experiencing any ballot theft in her area and praised voters for coming out to exercise their right to vote.
In the same vein, Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State praised the security measures that allowed Ndi Imo to exercise her right to vote.

The Governor, after casting his vote with his wife, Barr. (Ms.) Chioma Uzodimma in her voting unit 032, Omuma Ward in Oru East LGA, Imo State, vowed to continue to consolidate all positive efforts for everyone’s safety.

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