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State Elections: Low Turnout, Voter Apathy Mar Polls In SE

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The March 18 state elections in the southeast were another day for sitting at home as low turnout and voter apathy marred the polls as most people stayed away from polling centres.

According to the situation report obtained by The Eastern Updates, it was a sharp shift from the large turnout that was witnessed during the presidential and national assembly polls on February 25.

In most of the polling centres visited in Imo State, few voters were seen waiting patiently for the arrival of electoral materials and officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission.

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In Obosi, Nkpor and some parts of Ogidi in Idemili North Local Government Areas of Anambra State, it was a near-empty polling unit as staff of the INEC who were on the ground, sat idly.

Few persons were seen in some centers visited as they were trying to vote, despite the commencement of voting at 8:30 am, and the swiftness of the BVAS machines.

Speaking to Newsmen in some areas many voters in the region, said, ‘People are not coming out because they felt their votes may not count because of what happened last three weeks.

‘It will take a level of enlightenment for people to accept to come out, because they believe their votes will not count.

‘I cannot believe that this same place where I found it difficult to cast my vote last three weeks, I can just come in and in less than three minutes, I had cast my vote.’

Instead of taking corrections both INEC and the government in power thought that with force they can achieve what they want, they said.

Meanwhile, The Eastern Updates can confirm that collation is currently ongoing in various collation centres across the country.

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