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Enugu Decides: Election records low turnout

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Enugu State Gubernatorial and State House of Assembly election recorded low turnout, as some of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC’s ad hoc staff were either seen sitting or standing idle, despite their early arrival to the polling units to perform their duties.
In Enugu North, at the polling units mounted inside the popular Okpara Square, despite the early arrival of INEC officials and materials, the turnout was not too impressive, until later when some few voters were seen trickling in.
The story was not different in the polling units inside the Institute of Management and Technology, IMT and and Government Technical College.
In Enugu South, at Amechi ward 02 Polling units 016, the atmosphere was calm and peaceful, with just few voters seen exercising their franchise.
According to a voter who refused to give her name when asked why the turnout was low compared to that of the Presidential election, she simply queried, “why will the people come out when they know their votes won’t count.”
However, in another polling units in Amechi ward, polling unit 001B, the turnout was a bit impressive. Same in Nkanu West and Enugu South.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner for the state, Mr Emeka Ononamadu, while fielding questions from journalists during his visits to some of these polling units said, the election has been peaceful and calm, as there were no complaints so far. “The process has been peaceful in Enugu state.”
On why the turnout was low compared to the Presidential election, he said, “I need not make comparison as the electorate knows the reasons for going out during elections.”
When asked to react to the rumour flying around in the early hours of the morning that election in Enugu state has been cancelled, he said people should discard fake news, as it was just mere rumour.

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