elections in Abia North Senatorial
District and 10 state constituencies
in Abia were characterised by low
voter turnout.
NAN correspondents, who
monitored the exercise, report
that, although electoral materials
arrived at the polling centres
as early as 7am, voting could
not start until about 9.30, when
eligible voters turned up to cast
their votes.
In most of the polling centres
visited there were only few
eligible voters that turned up for
the polls.
A cross-section of the people
who spoke on the development
attributed the low turnout of
voters to apathy, saying that
many eligible voters lost interest
in the election due to the outcome
of the April general elections in
the state.
A voter, Mr Ephraim Eke, told
NAN that after the judgment of
the Supreme Court on the election
in the state, “many people vowed
not to participate in future
elections in the state.
“Many people said that they
would never vote again in any
election after the last elections
because their votes did not
count,” Eke said.
A politician, Mr Jude
Udeachara, said that the low
turnout of voters might not be
unconnected with social events
going on in different parts of the
state, including marriages and
burials, among others.
Udeachara, who voted at
Ameke Ahia Unity Hall, Ward 7,
Acharacle village in Isuikwuato
LGA, said that although there
was restriction of movement,
many people of the area went to
farm and other activities to fend
for their families.
NAN reports that the exercise,
which ended at about 2 pm, was
however peaceful and orderly.
Meanwhile, the senatorial
candidate of the Progressives
Peoples Alliance in the re-run
election, Chief Orji Kalu, expressed
satisfaction with the role of the
security agencies in the exercise in
the area.
Speaking with newsmen after
casting his vote at the Onuibina
Primary School, Igbere Ward A,
Polling Unit 002, Kalu commended
the military personnel for their
neutrality aganist what transpired
in past elections.
“I must commend the military
because they have shown
neutrality unlike what happened
in the past,” Orji, said.
Kalu, who was Abia Governor
between 1999 and 2007, described
the use of the card reader for
the election as “the best thing to
happen in the nation’s democratic
process.” (NAN)