Nigeria’s capital city calm as voting comes to a close
from AUGUSTINE OSAYANDE in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – VOTING proceeded into the early hours of the evening in Abuja on Saturday without any incident except for the issues experienced elsewhere in the country around the accreditation process.
Abuja is the capital city of Africa’s most populous country and biggest economy, which is holding crucial polls to elect the next president.
The city was not spared some glitches that characterized the process.
Earlier, the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) overcame a delay in the commencement of the accreditation exercise.
I had left my house at about 6 in the morning after going through serious security check.
I finally got at the OAU polling Unit Maitama District of the capital city.
After an hour and accreditation only started at about 9am with the arrival of INEC officials.
By midday, most voters had been accredited to pave way for the commencement of voting.
After accreditation, an official asked us to wait until 130pm for voting, only for the voting to commence at 300pm.
The officials explained that the material available were not enough hence the delay.
Before the voting began, many of the voters, including myself, were eagerly waiting to cast their vote.
People voted according to numbers obtained in the morning.
I was number 168.
We had two queues- one for women and another for men. The elderly turned out in considerable numbers.
The queue moved swiftly with people patiently waiting for their time.
The voting went on smoothly without incident.
Polling agents were friendly.
I finally voted at about 400pm.
Voting was ongoing at the unit when I left.
The former military head of state, Yakubu Gowan, left as soon as I left observing the election.
Another former military head of state, Muhamadu Buhari, is a front-runner alongside Goodluck Jonathan for the Presidency.
The process to elect the country’s next head of state got off to a wobbly start with most parts of the country where mostly, problems with card readers stalled the process.
More horribly, some bombing incidents, which claimed several lives, were reported at some polling stations.
Electoral authorities announced voting would continue on Sunday in some areas that experienced a myriad of problems.
– CAJ News
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