#NigeriaVotes:Live Updates, Unconfirmed Results

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Nnodim, Abuja:

Centre 024B Gwarinpa Estate 2; PU  EC30C

Senatorial
Invalid – 7
PDP    – 69
APC    – 56
APGA – 5

Presidential
APC – 62
PDP – 70

Allwell, Asaba:

Presidential election Unit 7 Ward 9 – Oshimili South, Delta State

PDP – 351

APC – 29

Samson, Lagos: Some armed thugs have reportedly hijacked ballot boxes on
Ayilara Street in the Mushin area of Lagos.

INEC officials told presmen that the thugs, after snatching
the ballot box, emptied them in the gutter.

March 28, 20156:32 pm

Allwell, Asaba: Presidential election Unit 9 Ward 9 Oshimili South
PDP – 236
APC – 26

Unit 8 Ward 9, Oshimili South
PDP – 115
APC – 16

Voting in Boko Haram’s ex-HQ

Military helicopters hovered above voters queuing at a polling station in Maiduguri, the former headquarters of Boko Haram, Reuters news agency reports.

“I’m not afraid of violence. I don’t even expect any problem,” 27-year-old student Kaulala Abbas is quoted as saying. “I’ve decided like most people to effect a change in government and this can only be done through my vote.”

People queue to register to vote and cast their ballotsin Maiduguri, Nigeria, Saturday 28 March 2015

Governor Mimiko – he promised to deliver the entire South West to president Jonathan

 

Allwell, Asaba: Presidential election Unit 9 Ward 9 Oshimili South
PDP – 236
APC – 26

Unit 8 Ward 9, Oshimili South
PDP – 115
APC – 16

Mu’azu: Card reader’s hitches tolerable
Ahmed Mohammed, Bauchi

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ahmadu Adamu Mu’azu, said despite the technical hitches of the card reader, it was tolerable.

Mu’azu who was accredited in his hometown  Boto where said there was no perfection in technology as it was only in Almighty God that human beings expected perfection.
“I cannot arbitrarily call for the cancellation of the usage of the card readers and the Permanent Voter Cards. I know professor Jega to be a successful and courageous intellectual and so far he has done very well,” he said.
Also, the member representing Dass/Bogoro/Tafawa Balewa constituency in the National Assembly Barrister Yakubu Dogara said the benefit of using the Card Reader and the Permanent Voter Cards far outweighed the disadvantages.

 

Voters at Ejigbo area by Ile-Epo bus stop, UNIT 041, AILEGUN Road, have lamented about being denied opportunity to vote.
A voter, Mrs. Stella told our correspondent that “the polling units where I have gone to excersise my civil rights, we observed that the ballot paper were just 100 pieces only , for presidency while the area is over populated by the Easterners living in there. This experience came in place after much arguments and private discussions among the Agents.”
She said the people are still hoping the officials to bring more ballots as at 6pm.
Also at Toyin Street, Ikeja, accreditation started about 5pm while in some areas in Magodo phase II like Adekunle Banjo, as at 5pm, accreditation hadn’t even started as INEC officials hadn’t arrived.

  

Buhari wins at Tinubu polling unit
Chris Agabi, Lagos

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has delivered his Sunday Adigun polling unit Alausa Ikeja to the APC candidate Muhammadu Buhari, with a score of 180 votes against a distant second 55 votes for President Goodluck Jonathan.

In the same polling unit, Kowa party scored 2 votes while ABA scored 1.

In the senatorial election, the APC candidate scored 181 votes, PDP: 53 and
Kowa 2 votes.

In the House Representatives, the APC candidate trashed the rest contestants as it picked 178 votes and PDP 53.

Voting concluded at  5:55pm.

‘Ink might smudge’

Electoral official in Abuja
“Don’t fold your ballot like this,” says electoral official Hamza Umar in Abuja, “or the ink might smudge and you’ll end up voting for someone else.”

 


Emmanuel, Asaba:

‎Electoral officers sorting votes at Uzoigwe Primary School, Asaba.

March 28, 20156:00 pm

Ade, Abuja: Policemen complaining that top military officers and their relatives are using their status to get quick attention without joining queues at the Abacha Barracks polling unit.

“I don’t understand these people. One will come and say I am Brigadier-General, another will come and say I am this I am that, another one will say I am wife of Brigadier-General,” an angry cops told his colleagues.

Accreditation still on at Jabi
Adie Vanessa Offiong

With accreditation extended by the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), Jabi Primary School Polling Unit 014, is yet to commence voting.

Electorates are still being accredited.

Earlier in the day, many had complained that their names were not on the list even though they had their PVCs.

At 5.10pm when our reporter visited the unit electorates were split in two groups.

Those who were accredited and waiting to vote and those who were still waiting to be accredited.

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March 28, 20156:00 pm

Ade, Abuja: Policemen complaining that top military officers and their relatives are using their status to get quick attention without joining queues at the Abacha Barracks polling unit.

“I don’t understand these people. One will come and say I am Brigadier-General, another will come and say I am this I am that, another one will say I am wife of Brigadier-General,” an angry cops told his colleagues.

I pray my vote counts, says 72 year-old man
From Eugene Agha, Lagos

A 72-year-old man, Sunday Enudi of Ndokwa in Delta State, expressed hope that his vote would count shortly after exercising his franchise.

Barely able to see, he needed to be led to the polling unit by someone help.

“All the elections I have participated in beginning from the 60s till date have been characterized by either rigging, tribal or religious sentiments. I hope that this one will set this nation on the right part. We had great hopes when we had our independence and what we are witnessing today is not part of what we expected,”

“I have lived an unfulfilled life, I do not want my children to go through the same thing. I call on the political class to look beyond their individual interests, and unite all regions of the country because that is what our founding fathers wanted,” he said.

‘Beheadings by Boko Haram’

News is coming in of 23 people being beheaded in the north-eastern town of Buratai on the eve of the election.

The AFP news agency is quoting the lawmaker who represents the town, Mohammed Adamu, as saying that suspected Boko Haram militants carried out the attack.

Homes were also burnt in Buratai, some 200km (125 miles) from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, Mr Adamu told AFP.

  

Residents allege INEC admitted temporary voter card in Jos
Hassan Ibrahim, Jos

Temporary Voter Cards (TVCs) were used for voting on Saturday by students of the University of Jos at the students hostel complex at the permanent site of the university in the Naraguta area of Jos.

The polling unit had been a subject of controversy between the students and other residents of Naraguta village who were voting in the polling unit named Student Hostel 036.

Village head of Naraguta, Engineer Muhammad Bello said the students had earlier intended to cause confusion at the commencement of the exercise but when they laid complaint to election officials, they separated the polling point into two, one inside the university premises for the students and the other outside for the other residents.

Bello said: “Some few students, about 50 of them, tried to cause conflict so that our people will not vote. When we observed their mission, we laid a complaint to INEC officials and they separated the voting points. They forced the election officials to allow them to use the temporary voters card”.

Bello added: “We understand that the students are using TVCs so that the INEC will cancel the result of the unit. They want the over 400 of our people to waste their time.”

This happened in Tai LGA in Rivers State as well. Rivers boils more than president state!

 

PDP member attacked in Jos North
Lami Sadiq, Jos

A member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Jos based millionaire, Mohammad Adam popularly called ‘Dan London’ was stoned by youths at his Anguwan Rogo polling unit in Jos North on Saturday forcing him out of the community without voting.

Adam who was a PDP aspirant for Jos North/Bassa federal constituency before the primaries  was attacked by youths for asking the INEC adhoc staff to allow him vote before the end of accreditation.

The angry youths were said to have accused him of trying to scuttle the process while some stoned the politician, forcing him out of the community without casting his vote

Sadiq Sumblem, a retired journalist, said “they broke the back glass of his car and I don’t think he will return.”

  

Food is becoming an issue for some polling booths in Abuja, where officials complain of hunger and no arrangement for their feeding throughout the duration of the polls.

The presiding officer at polling unit 008, National Library, Area 2 Garki, Bamidele Ojekanmi said all 12 officials at the booth have not eaten adding that it affects their performances.

As I am talking to you, my stomach is melting. I have not eaten, even water, I have not tasted since morning

Salaudeen Ibrahim, the presiding officer at polling booth 002, Area 1 Garki

They have not been fair to us, the money they promised has not been. Even they are still owing us the money for the second training

INEC adhoc staff complain of non-payment

By Taiwo Adeniyi

Some officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the ongoing election said they have neither been paid nor fed.
Some of them have separately told Daily Trust that no provision was made for their feeding during the polls.
The presiding officer at polling unit 008, National Library, Area 2 Garki, Bamidele Ojekanmi said all 12 officials at the booth have not eaten adding that it affects their performances.
“As I am talking to you, my stomach is melting. I have not eaten, even water, I have not tasted since morning,” he said.
He said INEC has promised to pay them money instead of food.
He added that the money has not been paid with many of the officers without means of feeding.
On his part, Yakubu Adewale, a presiding officer ll at polling unit 006, Area 2, Garki said he could not tell who gave the INEC adhoc staff at the booth the water they drank.
‘They have not been fair to us, the money they promised has not been. Even they are still owing us the money for the second training,’ said Salaudeen Ibrahim, the presiding officer at polling booth 002, Area 1 Garki.
Ibrahim said all the officials shared a loaf of bread brought by one of them.
Most of the adhoc staff spoke in faint voice while some became aggressive at the end of the exercise.

  

Taiwo Adeniyi, monitoring elections in Kugbo area of Abuja, says voting has ended  there.

“At polling booth 009A, voters and political parties agents are currently sorting and counting ballot papers.”

Witnesses say voting at the unit has been peaceful though presiding officers decline to comment at the moment.

 

Voting is still on in Coker/Aguda, surulere local Government.

 

Counting of vote in progress at ward 0045, Ikeja Lagos. Credit Sodiq : Sodiq Adelakun

March 28, 20155:50 pm

Adelani, Abuja: Voting concluded at polling units EC 41 and EC 42, Zone 3, Garki, Abuja at 4.45pm. Officials yet to begin counting. Officials and voters said the accreditation was smooth and hitch-free.

March 28, 20155:48 pm

At 5:35pm, voting about to start at Unit 014 on Oladoyinbo Street, Ward B, Ojodu LCDA

Simon, Niger:

Voting has been concluded at some polling units in Bida.
Voters are waiting for votes to be counted.
Apart from the challenges with the card readers, the whole process is going on peacefully.

March 28, 20155:29 pm

March 28, 20155:24 pm

Adelani, Abuja:

Voting concluded at polling units EC 41 and EC 42, Zone 3, Garki, Abuja at 4.45pm.

Officials yet to begin counting.

Officials and voters said the accreditation was smooth and hitch-free.

March 28, 20155:26 pm

INEC: INEC has given approval for its officers to accredit voters manually after ensuring that the Permanent Voter Card belongs to the person  presenting it.

In a statement by INEC’s Chairman, Information, Voter Education and Publicity Committee, Dr. Chris Eyimoga, the commission said this step was informed by the level of challenges encountered in the Saturday election to accredit prospective voters.
Iyimoga said, “The Commission has, therefore, decided as part of the Guidelines for the Conduct of the 2015 general elections that in Polling Units where card readers have so failed to work, the Presiding Officer shall manually accredit voters by marking the register of voters, upon being satisfied that the person presenting a Permanent Voter’s Card is the legitimate holder of the card.”
March 28, 20155:22 pm

 

March 28, 20155:19 pm

Senator, representing Lagos East, Gbenga Ashafa, casting his vote at ward F, Bogije, Ibeju-Lekki Local Government Area.

March 28, 20155:17 pm

Samson, Lagos: The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Kayode Aderanti, has said the election in the state has been peaceful.

He said online reports of violence and gunshots were not true, adding that they were the work of mischief makers.

The CP spoke shortly after the return of the chopper that conveyed him and other security chiefs round some parts of the state, back to Ikeja Police College.

The chopper toured Ikorodu, Epe, Badagry and some riverine areas, including Takwa Bay.

The journey lasted about four hours.

Police nab suspected Card Reader thief in Kebbi
From Garba Muhammad, Birnin KebbiA man arrested on suspicion of having stolen a card reader was later released after INEC officials identified him as a fellow staff.The incident occurred at Kola Tarasa Polling Unit in Badariya a suburb in Birnin Kebbi metropolis, witnesses said.Kebbi state police public relations officer, ASP Nafiu Abubakar said, “INEC officials came forward and identified him as one of their staff who was assigned to move the materials to another polling unit. He was mistaken by voters who raised alarm.”But the situation is under control and the exercise is moving on smoothly in the area,” he said.Comments(0)

Three killed in Rivers state
Victor Edozie, Port Harcourt

Three persons including a soldier reportedly lost their lives in Saturday’s presidential election.
The soldier was killed in Obio Akpor when armed men invaded the area and shot sporadically.

The 2 Brigade Commander of  the Nigerian Army Port Harcourt, Brigadier Ka Essien confirmed the incident  when he spoke with governor Amaechi at Ubima.

Also, another APC supporter Sampson Wonah was shot dead at Ozuoha when gunmen invaded the community while the third person was killed at Kpite Tai.

 

Tension over absence of ballot papers at Lagos LG
From Eugene Agha, Lagos

There is tension at a polling unti along Amusu Igboro area of Ijanikin in Lagos State over the alleged non availability of ballot papers.

Voters at Polling Unit 023, expressed shock that ballot papers was yet to arrive two hours after accreditation had been concluded.A corps member in charge of the polling unit who refused to identify herself for fear of attack, said she called her Principal Staff Officer and that she was assured that they were on their way with the materials. One of the voters who identified himself as Sola Omokilani alleged that it was a plot to rig out candidate of one of the leading political parties.

“Is it the practice that accreditation would be completed before the arrival of ballot papers? Someone alleged that a big politician in the area directed that the result sheet must get to him before it gets to INEC. This is one of our strong hold where we are sure of total victory,” he added. 

 

Ballot boxes filling up at Garki Area 11, near Abuja
tweets: “Ballot boxes filling up at Garki Area 11. #NigeriaDecides #NigeriaDeciding”

 

Senator, representing Lagos East, Gbenga Ashafa, casting his vote at ward F, Bogije, Ibeju-Lekki Local Government Area.

Gombe Attacks: Number killed in Gombe state attacks has risen to 24. It is still not clear if it was Boko Haram or hired political thugs – some Nigerians have been asking, “What’s the difference?”

Samson, Lagos: The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Kayode Aderanti, has said the election in the state has been peaceful.

He said online reports of violence and gunshots were not true, adding that they were the work of mischief makers.

The CP spoke shortly after the return of the chopper that conveyed him and other security chiefs round some parts of the state, back to Ikeja Police College.

The chopper toured Ikorodu, Epe, Badagry and some riverine areas, including Takwa Bay.

The journey lasted about four hours.

Buhari has voted

Gen Buhari
Opposition candidate Gen Buhari has voted at the polling station opposite his house in Daura, Katsina state.

 

Anna, Calabar: Children in the resettlement for Bakassi residents. Their parents had travelled across the sea to vote in the former settlement

 

Anna, Calabar: Just leaving Bakassi. Voting is still ongoing but voters are scanty. In some places there are more security personnel than voters

 

Simon, Niger:

Voting ongoing smoothly at Unit 0011, Area Court, Kaluwi, Maikunkele, Bosso Local Government Area in Niger State. The residing officer said all those with PVC were successfully accredited. Voting started at past 2pm

March 28, 20155:06 pm

An email from ifeanyiuzor78@yahoo.com says:
As of 10am at a polling unit in Ekorinim village in Calabar, a helicopter was seen hovering over the place. It went away and came back again around 2pm. Voting is ongoing at the unit.

March 28, 20155:05 pm

Buhari departs polling booth amidst shouts of “Sai Baba.”

March 28, 20155:02 pm

Afeez, Ilorin:

The Kwara State governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed and his wife, Mrs. Omolewa,
just voted at their polling unit, 008, Ile-Adebiopon, Shaare.

He described the exercise as “exceptionally” credible, adding that the
card reader ensured that only accredited voters were being allowed to
vote.

Taraba PDP chairman, 700 others’ names missing in INEC register
Itodo Daniel Sule, Jalingo

Taraba State chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Victor Bala Kona and 700 other voters in his polling units said they have been denied voting as they could not find their names on the INEC voters’ register.

Kona, who was at his Sarkin Dutse polling unit 004 in Ardo Kola local government area of the state with his PVC for the accreditation process only found out that his name was not on the register.

Our correspondent reported that Kona went to register complaints at the INEC’s office at the local government before proceeding to Jalingo to meet the State Resident Electoral Commissioner.

When contacted, INEC’s Electoral Officer in the area, Inuwa Garba, confirmed the development, saying that he got similar complaints from about three other polling units in the area.

Update on Gombe attacks

AFP news agency quotes residents and an election official as saying that suspected Boko Haram gunmen burnt all voting material during an attack on polling stations in the neighbouring villages of Birin Bolawa and Birin Fulani in north-eastern Gombe state.

“As soon as people saw them they began to run away but the gunmen opened fire on the polling station, killing one man,” said Karim Jauro, a resident of Birin Fulani.

@tmgng

The largest observer group, Transition Monitoring Group (TMG), has tweeted this graphic showing the presence of party agents around the country.

TMG

Charlotte Attwood

BBC Africa, Daura

Opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari has arrived at the polling station to cast his vote.

Abba Ibrahim in Yelwa quarters in Kano city, Kano state reports that he cast his vote successfully at 4.20 pm.

He noted that the voting did not start early because of the late arrival of INEC officials, but however affirms that all aspects of the electoral process is going on without hitches.

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Our reporter Abdullateef Salau just informed us that while voting has commenced in other polling units in Lugbe around Federal Housing, voting hasn’t commenced in King of Kings academy PU 008A Lugbe and a man believed to be PDP escaped lynching after he was seen sharing N500
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Elderly voters face difficulty with fingerprints
From Abdullateef Aliyu, Ilorin

Elderly voters in some parts of Kwara State experienced difficulty with accreditation as their fingerprints could not be captured.

The affected voters, aged 80 to 90, had problem with identifying their finger prints.

INEC officials resorted to using the identification name and number after several attempts to wash and clean their hands yielded no results.

An observer for Ilorin west, Mr. Alawiye Teki noted that the system is slow but pointed out that the exercise was peaceful.

However, the accreditation and the voting exercise was peaceful and orderly despite the large presence of security personnel.

The situation was not different at Sosoki, Alapa, Oja-Iya, Ga Lamba, and Efue communities all in Asa LG.

At Kwara North, the state Deputy Governor Elder Peter Kishira lauded the use of the card reader though it was gathered that the machine did not work in some polling units as the INEC officials resorted to manual accreditation.

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Late arrival of official delays accreditation of voters in Bauchi
From Ahmed Mohammed, Bauchi

Late arrival of election officials delayed the commencement of voters accreditation.
Voters turned out as early as 5am in many polling units. Youths in many polling units were seen screening voters.

Meanwhile, policemen are patrolling the streets to ensure that there is no breakdown of law and order.

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Nigeria 2015 elections has been hot in the media, with journalists scrutinising every aspect. This photo by Sani Maikatanga shows a bevy of journalists–broadcast crews, microphones and camerias–camped in waiting as APC’s Buhari got ready to vote

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Displaced persons in FCT disenfranchised
By Taiwo Adeniyi & Hussein Yahaya

Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) alleged that they were disenfranchised and that the development shows that government does not care about their plight.

The displaced persons from crisis-prone areas in the North-east residing at various places in the FCT said the government has been insensitive to their demands, describing their inability to vote as the height of government’s neglect.

At the camps in Waru and Kuchingoro, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC),  Daily Trust did not see any polling unit. Philemon Bala, chairman of displaced persons at Kuchingoro camp said most of the displaced persons do not have Permanent Voters Card (PVC), while others lost theirs during the crisis.

“Election no concern us,” he said in Pidgin English, adding that the government can do nothing for displaced persons in the territory,” he said.
Bitrus Duwara, another IDP from Gwoza, Borno State, said he has PVC but cannot vote as there is not provision for it.
He said he had his PVC posted to him from Gwoza, because he would be able to vote and have a say in governance.
“I feel bad; we are been treated as if we are not Nigerians,” said James Haruna another IDP from Gwoza at the camp.
At the Waru camp, chairman of the IDPs, Paul Amos said over 90 per cent of the IDPs in the territory was disenfranchised.

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Afeez, Ilorin: Just as voting was about to commence in Shaare in the Ifelodun Local Government Area, of Kwara State, some voters struggled to have their shares of cooked rice distributed by loyalists to the state governor, Abdulfattah Ahmed.
It was a tug of war as the voters pushed‎ one another to gain entrance to a shop near a polling unit at Shaare Town Hall, where the food was being distributed.

Anna, Calabar: Touts hijack ballot boxes in Biase Local Government Area of Cross River State

March 28, 20154:47 pm

We got a mail from Lanre Babalola:

please find below the comment of one of your newspaper readers which I decided to copy and send.

“Card Readers were apparently failing often at a polling booth near an
Accenture staff’s home. And the guy couldn’t understand why… cos the
readers were all new. So he approached the INEC woman. Inspected the
reader. Only to find the protective film on the lense of the reader had
not been removed. After a protracted argument he convinced the woman to
remove it. The reader not only read the prior rejected cards, it was
reading with even faster response time. Please share. It could help a
lot.”

March 28, 20154:39 pm

Gbenga, Ekiti:

A voter shot this morning at Ikere-Ekiti is recuperating at the General Hospital, Ado-Ekiti.

March 28, 20154:38 pm

Samson, Lagos:

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, has just cast his vote at Ward 9, Ikeja.

March 28, 20154:32 pm

Maureen, Ifo, Ogun State: As of 3:50pm, accreditation still ongoing in ward 6 PU 001 Ajuwon High School,  Ifo LGA, Ogun State

Not widespread’

Inec’s Nick Dazeng has told the BBC that problems with voter accreditation are not widespread, but still of concern. Voting has been suspended in some areas, but the electoral commission spokesman did not give a number.

Boxes ready

Polling station in Daura, Nigeria
The BBC team in Gen Buhari’s home town of Daura, in the northern state of Katsina, says officials are finally getting ready for the vote.

 

Lines in the oil capital

Nigerian voters wait to cast their ballots in the oil rich Niger Delta, Port Harcourt, Nigeria 28 March 2015
In Port Harcourt, the oil capital in the Niger Delta, there are long lines too as voters wait to cast their ballots.

The first lady votes

Patience Jonathan votes in Nigeria
The president’s wife, Patience Jonathan, casts her vote in the village of Otuoke, in the oil-rich south.

‘Technical challenges’

Election commission spokesman Chris Yimoga has been briefing reporters in Abuja on the decision to extend voting to Sunday.

He said there had been “challenges” with technology in “many” areas.

“In polling units where accreditation was suspended to the following day in accordance with the existing guidelines, arrangement will be made for voters to vote tomorrow [Sunday],” Mr Yimoga is quoted by AFP news agency as saying.

John Ameh, Makurdi: Voting has started in several polling units in Otukpo, the home town of the Senate President, David Mark.

March 28, 20154:08 pm

Femi, Ibadan:
Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, finally voted at 3.47pm in ward 11 unit 20, Ibadan South-West area of Oyo State.

March 28, 20154:07 pm

Stranded voters on Adedoyin Street, Aguda-Ogba, Lagos. No ballot papers yet as of 3:55pm.

Bayo, Lagos: Jimi Agbaje listening to INEC Presiding Officer explaining voting process

 

Maureen, Ifo, Ogun State: As of 3:50pm, accreditation still ongoing in ward 6 PU 001 Ajuwon High School,  Ifo LGA, Ogun State

March 28, 20154:29 pm

Jayne, Lagos:

Voting ongoing at Ogudu Grammar School, Kosofe LGA. NDLEA and the Police are now stationed at the polling unit.

March 28, 20154:28 pm

March 28, 20154:27 pm

Eric, Port Harcourt: Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, refused to be accredited manually by INEC officials in his hometown of Ubima under Ikwerre Local Government after it emerged that there were no election result sheets and that the card readers deployed in the area failed to work.

The Governor, who turned up at his polling unit at about 10:00am, was left disappointed, accusing the Peoples Democratic Party-led Federal Government of plotting to rig the presidential elections in the state.
It is unlikely Amaechi, who is the Director-General of the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation, would perform his civic right.
His convoy was seen returning back to State House in Port Harcourt almost immediately.
Meanwhile, the PDP governorship candidate in Rivers, Nyeson Wike, a former Minister of State for Education, cast his ballot together with his wife, Suzeth, at Unit 7, Ward 9 in Obio/Akpor area of Ikwerre at about 2.30pm after their accreditation earlier in the day.
March 28, 20154:24 pm

Comfort, Benin:

Some of the electorate are refusing to vote at their polling units
because of there are no results sheets to compute their votes.

Late arrival of official delays accreditation of voters in Bauchi
From Ahmed Mohammed, Bauchi

Late arrival of election officials delayed the commencement of voters accreditation.
Voters turned out as early as 5am in many polling units. Youths in many polling units were seen screening voters.

Meanwhile, policemen are patrolling the streets to ensure that there is no breakdown of law and order.

Displaced persons in FCT disenfranchised
By Taiwo Adeniyi & Hussein Yahaya

Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) alleged that they were disenfranchised and that the development shows that government does not care about their plight.

The displaced persons from crisis-prone areas in the North-east residing at various places in the FCT said the government has been insensitive to their demands, describing their inability to vote as the height of government’s neglect.

At the camps in Waru and Kuchingoro, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC),  Daily Trust did not see any polling unit. Philemon Bala, chairman of displaced persons at Kuchingoro camp said most of the displaced persons do not have Permanent Voters Card (PVC), while others lost theirs during the crisis.

“Election no concern us,” he said in Pidgin English, adding that the government can do nothing for displaced persons in the territory,” he said.
Bitrus Duwara, another IDP from Gwoza, Borno State, said he has PVC but cannot vote as there is not provision for it.
He said he had his PVC posted to him from Gwoza, because he would be able to vote and have a say in governance.
“I feel bad; we are been treated as if we are not Nigerians,” said James Haruna another IDP from Gwoza at the camp.
At the Waru camp, chairman of the IDPs, Paul Amos said over 90 per cent of the IDPs in the territory was disenfranchised.

Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Kayode Opeifa, has accused thugs working with Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of attacking  members oof the All Progressive Alliance in Agege Local Government Area of Lagos State, reports Nurudeen Oyewole, covering the elections for Daily Trust in Lagos.

Opeifa made the allegation while speaking with journalists at his polling booth located along Oyewole road, Agege, Lagos.
Opeifa said at about 11: 40 pm Friday, suspected thugs working with the Lagos State PDP stormed ‎the Orile Agege Local Council Development Area, shooting sporadically and vandalising property.
“We were told that the armed bandits were led by the PDP House of Representatives candidate in Agege Federal constituency, Mr Niyi Raheem. And after they had attacked the council, they also attacked the INEC Agege office situated close to the LCDA, before coming here to fire shots at my house,” Opeifa said.

  

Kaduna card readers crash
From Misbahu Bashir, Kaduna

Several card readers deployed in Kaduna by INEC for the presidential and National Assembly elections failed.
A voter at Unguwar Sarki, Dauda Adamu said people arrived as early as 6am at polling unit 28, but the officials came around 10am. He said the card reader was faulty and none of the officials could rectify the fault until 12 noon after the arrival of some engineers.
At Unguwar Dosa, a voter, Salisu Suleiman, said the device failed to work at Polling Unit 022 and no one was verified by 1pm.

“The card reader was taken away by INEC officials to an unknown place for repair. It is about 1:30 pm now,” he said.

At Hayin Banki, Madunka Unit 018, a voter, Usman Sabo, said the device failed but was repaired around 11am before accreditation commenced.

Said Sabo:

“A man came here with a device with long antenna like a mobile phone and stood behind the election officials for while. Few minutes later the Card Reader stopped. It resumed after about 20 minute and we are suspecting that the man must have caused a jam.”

Chief of Staff to APC presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, Colon‎el Hamid Ali, urged INEC to extend voting period in areas where there was delay.

tweets from the home town of opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari: “Slowly getting to the end of accreditation. The line of men who still need to be processed before #Buhari can vote.”

Men in a line in Daura
tweets from the home town of opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari: “Slowly getting to the end of accreditation. The line of men who still need to be processed before #Buhari can vote.”

 

2 policemen and 1 civilian killed in APC Edo state……….That’s why they were against deployment of soldiers

 

‘Soldier killed’

Gunmen have shot dead a soldier in an ambush in the southern oil hub of Port Harcourt, the military is quoted by Reuters news agency as saying.

At Agbado primary school, voters at some polling units still undergoing accreditation at because of the failure of the card readers.

 

Tinubu flays INEC, says he is disappointed

Chris Agabi, Lagos

APC Chieftain, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has chided INEC over poor distribution of voting materials across Lagos and the malfunctioning of card readers in some polling units.

“It is still disappointing,” Asiwaju Tinubu said.

“The attempt is to discredit the process and suppress the votes of Lagos state.”

On the hacking of the INEC he noted America, Germans, European, Asians and several other countries protect their votes, why not INEC? Why all these dubious information? He queried.
Tinubu who voted at about 2pm said if the party considers the process poor, they will challenge in court.
He said reports across the states shows allot of challenges.
Though the rains began to put midway into the voting process, voters defied terrains and queued patiently to vote in areas where votes began by 2pm.
At Harmony Estate, Gbagada, and some other places  as at 2:45pm accreditation hasn’t commenced.
Same applied to some polling units around ikeja, and Maryland.
Mrs. Ajei in Harmony estate Gbagada said she came to the polling unit by 8am but INEC officials arrived at about 9am. However the card readers didn’t work and they had to take it back to Kosofe local government to be fixed. But up till 2:45pm, they hadn’t returned.
Toyin Adeboye said voters are determined to vote and they are waiting because they must vote today.
They also set canopies for themselves and they are feeding themselves with minerals and biscuits while waiting for INEC.

People
The crowds in Daura, home town of opposition candidate Gen Buhari, are kept entertained listening to the BBC’s Abdullahi Kaura live on BBC Hausa radio.

 

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INEC postpones elections in areas with card reader challenges
Ibrahim Kabiru Sule

Elections in polling units where card readers fail have been suspended until tomorrow, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has annoueced.

National commissioner, in charge of information and voter education, Chris Iyimoga said the commission had noticed the challenges of the card reader in some areas and therefore resolved that elections in the affected areas be suspended until Sunday.
He said the problems were experienced in only few states and the affected Resident Electoral Commissioners (REC) of the states have been duly informed about the decision.
Answering question about the hacking into the commission’s website, national commissioner Dr Nuru Yakub confirmed the incidence and assured that INEC’s IT staff have since restored the functions of the website presently.

Police in Imo arrest officials of the state government during presidential polls.

Daily Trust correspondent John Kennedy in Imo state, reports that the State Commissioners of Information and Strategy (Engr) Chidi Ibe and former Commissioner for Public Utility and head of Security were arrested.

Also arrested is the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Rochas Okorocha, Sam Onwuemeodo.

Governor Okorocha confirmed the arrests to journalists after accreditation in the presidential election earlier today.

Daily Trust also gathered that Barrister Okechukwu Okorocha (not a relative of the Governor) was also arrested by police on election duty in Imo state.

Barrister Okorocha who is said to be an SSA on security matters to the governor heads the state vigilante group ordered to disarm during the election period by the police.

The SSA is said to have disobeyed the police order and was allegedly arrested in possession of a fire arm.

Daily Trust also learnt that two of the officials(names not known yet) have been discharged at the time of filing this report.

Counting of votes starts at Ward 009, Police college, Ikeja.

Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, wife and son queue to vote.
March 28, 20153:36 pm

Moshood Adebisi, Sango: At Borehole  Ota 2 unit,  along Ilogbo  Road, as of 2:15 pm, voting has not started. About 150 people  were holding their PVC but yet to be accredited. At Ward 2 unit 13 along Idi Iroko-Ota Road, as of  1:20 pm about  70 people  were still seen in the queue waiting for accreditation.

Likewise Esa night market 2 polling unit along Iganmode Road, more than 80 people were in the queue waiting for accreditation. They complained about lack of personnel. There were two card readers being operated by only one person.

March 28, 20153:33 pm

Leye, Lagos: Voting yet to start at Unit 27, Shonola Junction, Aguda-Ogba, at 3:30pm. Accreditation still on.

March 28, 20153:33 pm

Adenike, Magodo, Lagos:

 

Accreditation still ongoing at unit 39 Isheri Oke.

March 28, 20153:31 pm

Ozioma, Abakaliki:
The card reader in Governor Martin Elechi’s polling booth in Ebonyi State has declined identifying him.
Elechie tried three times at the Echialike ward in Ikwo Local Government Area, but could not scale through.
The governor had to fill an incident form to vote.

APC reacts to card reader hitches:

”The card reader is a novel tool in our elections and naturally there will be some initial hiccups. We understand that the delays were due to the failure to remove the protective films on the lenses of many card readers, the poor network of some of the sim cards in the card readers and the effect of jamming devices on the card readers.”

After President Jonathan was manually accredited amidst card reader hitches, APD warned that bypassing the readers was against electoral guidelines.

”People must continue to be patient until the card reader works,” the

party said.

“People hilariously asking for Yoruba, Igbo, and Efik voting instructions after English and Hausa at Garki Area 11 in Abuja. #NigeriaDecides”

Jesusegun, Osogbo:

A resident of Maiduguri, Borno State, Rev Fr Gideon Obasogie, has
complained of absence of electoral officials as of 10.35am at most
polling units.

He said that they were told officials would arrive by 12 noon.

March 28, 20153:27 pm

Ozioma, Abakaliki:
 There is a heavy shooting at the polling booth in Nwakpu Market Square‎, Ikwo Local Government Area, Ebonyi State.
The shooting started after an unidentified hoodlum, wearing a black shirt and trousers, emerged from the bush and shot several times into the air.
The police officers on duty, the INEC officials and voters fled the scene, while the suspect took away the ballot boxes and other election materials.
March 28, 20153:25 pm

March 28, 20153:25 pm

 

Emeka, Abia: Voters still waiting to be accredited at ward nine, units 2 and 3. Voting is yet to come as at 3:17pm in Abia State

 

March 28, 20153:23 pm

Emeka, Aba:

Less than half of the 1,047 registered voters in unit 2 and 577
registered voters in unit have been accredited in Aba South LGA, Abia
State.

March 28, 20153:21 pm

Stanley Opara, Anambra:
Voting centres visited by our correspondent confirm that they have been directed by INEC  to revert to manual voters’ accreditation process in Anambra. However, some contestants are worried because some polling stations have stopped manual accreditation citing orders from undisclosed authorities.

March 28, 20153:20 pm

Dame Patience shuns entreaties by journalists for an interview in Otuoke.

March 28, 20153:17 pm

Jonathan refuses to blame INEC for lapses, confident of victory.

March 28, 20153:16 pm

“Even if they have to wait for 24 hours, they should wait and cast their votes for the sake of this country.”

March 28, 20153:15 pm

People should endure as long as necessary to cast their vote – Jonathan

Dame patience Jonathan dropping her ballot papers into the boxes.

March 28, 20153:10 pm
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Jonathan casting his vote in Otuoke.

Olatunji Obasa, Abuja: INEC officer educating voters on d ballot paper in Abuja… on Saturday. Photo Olatunji Obasa

 

 

March 28, 20153:09 pm

Ozioma Ubabukoh, Abakaliki: The governorship candidate of the Labour Party in Ebonyi State, Mr. Edward Nkwegu, has called for cancellation of the elections.

Greeting voters

President Jonathan has arrived to cast his vote in his southern village of Otuoke and is greeting the people in the queue, says the BBC’s Louise Adamou.

Tinubu denies sending message to seek votes for President Goodluck Jonathan, says correspondent Chris Agabi in Lagos.

“That is false, I didn’t send any text message. That is part of the gimmicks and desperation of the ruling party because they are populated with a lot of fraudulent people. The SMS is fraudulent and I didn’t authorize it and we are investigating it. I believe in my party, presidential candidate and all our candidates vying for various positions. I stay firm, resolved and committed as the leader of the party. Those sending those messages are cowards, they know they will be defeated at the polls’’.

Voting in Abuja
Voting has started at the GSS Tudun Wada Abuja polling station in the capital – 40 minutes late. This is a photo of the first voter.

 

Voters wait in line to register to vote in a polling station during elections in Kano 28 March 2015
BBC Hausa’s Yusuf Yakasai in Kano says that voting has started in some wards of the northern city but in others there are long queues with people still waiting to be accredited.

 

APC stalwart/leader Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, has been accredited at his Sunday Adigun polling unit, Alausa Ikeja, where some 1387 other persons are expected to cast their votes, reports Daily Trust correspondent Chris Agabi in Lagos.

He told journalists he was satisfied with the process.

“I have done my accreditation, but I cannot say the entire election would be credible until we get feedback from across the states. But if the process continues like this, it will result in a credible election. The process so far is satisfactory.”

Simon, Niger:More security personnel arrive at a polling unit where there were increasing arguements about the accreditation process and disquiet among people waiting to be accredited.

March 28, 20153:04 pm

The Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 2, Joseph Mbu, arriving the Lagos INEC office amid tight security.

Ozioma, Abakaliki:

The governorship candidate of the Labour Party in Ebonyi State, Mr. Edward Nkwegu, has called for cancellation of the elections.

Nkwegu said that since the card readers disenfranchised “so many eligible voters, it would only be proper for the elections to be cancelled.”

March 28, 20152:59 pm

Comfort, Benin:

Voters currently angry with inec officials because they forgot to bring
along the result sheets along with other electoral materials.

Voting is being delayed as a result as the electorate have refused to vote until the result sheets are present.

This is happening at staff training school, GRA Benin.

March 28, 20152:58 pm

Gbenro, Lagos: Electorate in Agege area of Lagos dare the rain as voting continues in polling units

Women voting in Daura
“A never ending queue in Daura where #Buhari will vote.” All these women in Gen Buhari’s hometown still need to be accredited, he adds.

 

Simon, Niger: Voting commences in few units in Minna, including this one at the Railway Quarters.

 

Queues in Abuja
“Accredited and waiting to vote. Area 11, Garki, Abuja. Nigeriadecides”

 

Maureen, Lagos:

Accreditation still on at polling unit 001 in Ajuwon, Ogun State, as voters defy the rain. Voting to start shortly.

March 28, 20152:51 pm

Geoff, Lagos:

At a polling booth in Shiloyi area of Gbagada, the two card readers are
not functional. A voter, Peter Marcus, who said his roll number is 147
says they will wait till the INEC officials sort things out. Nobody has
been accredited as of 2:30pm.

Voting about to start at Unit 15, Ajayi Road, Aguda-Ogba, Lagos. INEC officials educating voters on queue at 2:15pm.

March 28, 20152:23 pm

Chigozie, Enugu:Policemen at WTC primary school polling unit in Enugu, venue of bomb explosions

March 28, 20152:21 pm

Hacked INEC website now restored.

March 28, 20152:20 pm

Gbenro, Lagos: Voting has commenced peacefully in polling units in Agege.

March 28, 20152:16 pm

‎A physically challenged casting his vote at Unit 007  in front of National Library, Annexe, Off Moshood Abiola Way, Area 2, Garki Abuja, said  465 voters were accredited at 1pm, out of the 2021 registered voters.

March 28, 20152:14 pm

Saviour Jacob, Lagos:

Officials still battling with accreditation at Powerline/Adetola area in Ifako-Ijaiye because they came at 10:30am.

March 28, 20152:14 pm

Ade, Abuja: Voting started at exactly 1.50pm at Unit
007  in front of National Library,
Annexe, Off Moshood Abiola Way, Area 2, Garki Abuja, where poll officers
accredited 465 voters, out of the 2021 registered voters.

March 28, 20152:08 pm

Feyisitan Fayose, Ekiti First Lady getting set for accreditation #Nigeriadecides #SitRoom15 pic.twitter.com/05usctbwra

— GMB2015 (@afobajee) March 28, 2015

March 28, 20152:22 pm

Ifeanyi, Abuja: A former Governor of Colorado, United States, Mr. Bill Ritter, visited the polling unit at Dutse and has expressed satisfaction with the accreditation exercise.

Ritter, who led a team from the National Democratic Institute, commended the enthusiasm of Nigerians at the centre, who stood patiently under the sun to be accredited.

Our correspondent observed heavy presence of security personnel at the centre while accreditation was still ongoing as at 1:37pm.

About 3,296 voters are expected to be accredited for the exercise.

March 28, 20152:04 pm

Godwin, Kaduna:

All Progressives Congress Governorship candidate in Kaduna State, Malam
Nasir El-Rufai, says he is luckier than President Goodluck Jonathan
having carried out his accreditation without hitches in the Saturday’s
Presidential election.

March 28, 20151:59 pm

Danladi Zin, former chairman of Kuje (presently a candidate under PDP for the House of Reps) Area Council cast his vote at 2pm at Kayard Pri.Sch.

He tells journalists, “Everything is peaceful, the card reader is working and there’s no military presence.”

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Daily Trust correspondent in Zaria, Kaduna State, Isah Saidu, reports that Governor Ramalan Yero came out at 11 am and completed his accreditation successfully at Kaura polling unit within the ancient Zaria City.

Isah observed that problems with the card reader have delayed the accreditation process at the governors polling unit; 05 Kaura, 013 Kwankira 2.

He said over 100 people are still on queue waiting for accreditation.

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Accreditation will continue beyond 1.30 pm – INEC

Ademola Adebayo

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that accreditation of voters will continue beyond 1.30pm.

Spokesman of the INEC boss, Mr Kayode Idowu, told Daily Trust that accreditation will continue at polling units where the exercise has not completed.

He assured that every voter on the queue will be accredited.

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Benjamine Dikki, DG, Bureau of Public Enterprise, voting in Senchi, Zuru LGA, Kebbi.

“As far as the process is concerned, it has improved over the years and has also taken care of voter duplication. Generally, one cannot expect to have 100 per cent perfection of the exercise.”

Voting starts in Kebbi
Garba Muhammad, Birnin Kebbi

Voting has commenced in some areas across Kebbi State.
Our correspondent observed that polling units that experienced challenges of non-recognition by the card readers were allowed to vote after filling the incident form.

In Senchi, Zuru Local Government areas, the Director General Bureau for Public Enterprise, Mr Benjamine Dikki, while casting his vote at Senchi Primary School said he was fairly satisfied with the exercise.
“As far as the process is concerned, it has improved over the years and has also taken care of voter duplication. Generally, one cannot expect to have 100 per cent perfection of the exercise,” he said.

Yahaya Ibrahim In Lagos reports that Voting just commenced at ward 09, unit 009 in Yaba,opposite the Lagos state INEC office. 

A member of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Sampson Wonah from Ozuoha in Ikwerre local government area of Rivers State  has been reportedly  killed by unknown gunmen, correspondents say.

President Goodluck Jonathan receives his voting credentials at a polling station in Otuoke, Bayelsa state, 28 March 2015
Here’s a photo of President Jonathan receiving confirmation that he had been accredited to vote. He failed on two occasions to be electronically accredited, and was then manually verified as a voter.

Voters in Yola

‘Most polling stations open’

Eighty-one percent of polling stations were open by 12:30 local time (11:30 GMT), according to Nigeria’s main election observer body, the Transitional Monitoring Group.

It adds that card readers were available and ready for use at 91% of the stations.

 

Accreditation will continue beyond 1.30 pm – INEC

Ademola Adebayo

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that accreditation of voters will continue beyond 1.30pm.

Spokesman of the INEC boss, Mr Kayode Idowu, told Daily Trust that accreditation will continue at polling units where the exercise has not completed.

He assured that every voter on the queue will be accredited.

Benjamine Dikki, DG, Bureau of Public Enterprise, voting in Senchi, Zuru LGA, Kebbi.

“As far as the process is concerned, it has improved over the years and has also taken care of voter duplication. Generally, one cannot expect to have 100 per cent perfection of the exercise.”

Voting starts in Kebbi
Garba Muhammad, Birnin Kebbi

Voting has commenced in some areas across Kebbi State.
Our correspondent observed that polling units that experienced challenges of non-recognition by the card readers were allowed to vote after filling the incident form.

In Senchi, Zuru Local Government areas, the Director General Bureau for Public Enterprise, Mr Benjamine Dikki, while casting his vote at Senchi Primary School said he was fairly satisfied with the exercise.
“As far as the process is concerned, it has improved over the years and has also taken care of voter duplication. Generally, one cannot expect to have 100 per cent perfection of the exercise,” he said.

Yahaya Ibrahim In Lagos reports that Voting just commenced at ward 09, unit 009 in Yaba,opposite the Lagos state INEC office.

A member of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Sampson Wonah from Ozuoha in Ikwerre local government area of Rivers State  has been reportedly  killed by unknown gunmen, correspondents say.

Senator Ike Ekweremadu being accredited at Mpu, Enugu

  

Hitches blight accreditation in Abuja

FromHussein Yahaya,Taiwo Adeniyi & Abubakar Sadiq Isah

There were hitches at various polling units in Abuja suburbs as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officers and non sensitive materials did not arrive until 9a.m. The development caused accreditation of voters to commence at 10 a.m. in some centres.

Also, many residents said they were not properly enlightened on where to vote as many went to where they had registered only to be sent to other polling units.

Kunle Afolayan resides in Karu and said he trekked to LEA Primary school, where he had registered but he was told to go to Jikwoyi.

He said restriction of movement made such trip difficult, but added ‘‘I am determined to vote, I don’t care where they send me to”.

INEC officials did not arrive any of the polling units visited by Daily Trust by 8 a.m. as planned despite some of the residents saying they had been at the centres since 4.30a.m.

In Nyanya, Karu and Jikwoyi, Daily Trust observed that the last vehicle conveying non sensitive materials and ad hoc staff from the registration area centres did not arrive until about 9.30 a.m.

As at 9 a.m. the materials were still at the LEA Primary School Karu, due to lack of vehicles.

An assistant polling officer, who did not want his name in print, said ad hoc staff slept at the school and have been up since 2a.m. sorting the materials to be distributed.

Jimoh Sehidu, a voter at the polling unit 020 in Karu said he does not mind waiting as long he would be allowed to vote.

Aside polling unit 013, CBN Junction Karu, in which one of the Smart Card Readers was not functional, all other centres appeared orderly, with the card readers working and personnel on ground.

Also, there were heavy security personnel including officers from the Nigeria Police, Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Road Safety Corps at every polling centres.

None of the security personnel at the polling units were armed though there are armed security operatives at various strategic locations in the city centre.

An INEC officer at LEA Karu, Oyegade Adeleke supervising the distribution of the electoral materials however said accreditation of voters started by 8 a.m. across all the polling units in the area.

She said there were no hitches and that the process was going on smoothly.

A physically challenged casting his vote at Unit 007  in front of National Library, Annexe, Off Moshood Abiola Way, Area 2, Garki Abuja, said  465 voters were accredited at 1pm, out of the 2021 registered voters.

March 28, 20152:14 pm

Saviour Jacob, Lagos:

Officials still battling with accreditation at Powerline/Adetola area in Ifako-Ijaiye because they came at 10:30am.

March 28, 20152:14 pm

Ade, Abuja: Voting started at exactly 1.50pm at Unit
007  in front of National Library,
Annexe, Off Moshood Abiola Way, Area 2, Garki Abuja, where poll officers
accredited 465 voters, out of the 2021 registered voters.

March 28, 20152:08 pm

Feyisitan Fayose, Ekiti First Lady getting set for accreditation #Nigeriadecides #SitRoom15 pic.twitter.com/05usctbwra

— GMB2015 (@afobajee) March 28, 2015

March 28, 20152:07 pm

Ifeanyi, Abuja: A former Governor of Colorado, United States Mr Bill Ritter, visited the polling unit at Dutse and has expressed satisfaction with the accreditation exercise.

Ritter, who led a team from the National Democratic Institute, commended the enthusiasm of Nigerians at the centre, who stood patiently under the sun to be accredited.

Our correspondent observed heavy presence of security personnel at the centre while accreditation was still ongoing as at 1:37pm.

About 3,296 voters are expected to be accredited for the exercise.

March 28, 20152:04 pm

Godwin, Kaduna:

All Progressives Congress Governorship candidate in Kaduna State, Malam
Nasir El-Rufai, says he is luckier than President Goodluck Jonathan
having carried out his accreditation without hitches in the Saturday’s
Presidential election.

March 28, 20151:59 pm

Youths drinking on Ajayi Road, Aguda-Ogba, Lagos.

March 28, 20151:55 pm

Stanley Opara, Awka:

Less than an hour after a bomb exploded at a polling unit in Enugu, a similar incident has occurred in Awka, Anambra State.

The Anambra explosion took place at Atom, a polling unit at Umuokpara Primary School, Awka ward one.

March 28, 20151:53 pm

Nike, Lagos: Accreditation  smooth at Tunde Odumosu close, olowora.

March 28, 20151:53 pm

March 28, 20151:47 pm

Emeka, Aba: Former minister for Labour and Productivity, Emeka Wogu, eho was accredited at about 10.40am at Ohiazu Ward six in Umuogele-Aba village in Aba South. He complained of late arrival of electoral officials, but expressed optimism that voting would go on smoothly

March 28, 20151:46 pm

Bisi Deji-Folutile, Lagos:

Officials resorted to manual accreditaion in Ikeja GRA. As of 12:30pm,
105 voters accredited out of 800, Police Barracks, 65 out of 500,
because of failure of card readers.

INEC officials said they got instructions late to use manual accreditation.

March 28, 20151:46 pm

Ade, Abuja:  While poll officers are preparing for voting to commence, the Presiding Officer at Unit 007  in front of National Library, Annexe, Off Moshood Abiola Way, Area 2, Garki Abuja, said  465 voters were accredited at 1pm, out of the 2021 registered voters.

March 28, 20151:45 pm

Ade, Abuja: Accreditation is still ongoing in all the parts of municipal area of Abuja visited. This is due to delay of arrival of election materials to polling units.

March 28, 20151:44 pm

Ade, Abuja: Soldiers who are not on duty are participating in the ongoing ‎accreditation exercise going on smoothly at Mogadishu Cantonement (Sani Abacha Barracks), Abuja, but they are not in uniform. A soldier told me soldiers are not allowed to wear uniform to the polling unit.

March 28, 20151:43 pm

Ade, Abuja: 1.21pm: While poll officers are preparing for voting to commence, the Presiding Officer at Unit 007  in front of National Library, Annexe, Off Moshood Abiola Way, Area 2, Garki Abuja, said  465 voters were accredited of 1pm, out of the 2021 registered voters.

March 28, 20151:41 pm

Tunde Ajaja Ondo: Some voters waiting for accreditation at Igbotako ward 2, Unit 7. The old woman said she had been waiting since 8am

No card reader no voting in Alimosho Local government So sad very sad. Is this not riging? All these people had to go back home

 

Hitches blight accreditation in Abuja

FromHussein Yahaya,Taiwo Adeniyi & Abubakar Sadiq Isah

There were hitches at various polling units in Abuja suburbs as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officers and non sensitive materials did not arrive until 9a.m. The development caused accreditation of voters to commence at 10 a.m. in some centres.

Also, many residents said they were not properly enlightened on where to vote as many went to where they had registered only to be sent to other polling units.

Kunle Afolayan resides in Karu and said he trekked to LEA Primary school, where he had registered but he was told to go to Jikwoyi.

He said restriction of movement made such trip difficult, but added ‘‘I am determined to vote, I don’t care where they send me to”.

INEC officials did not arrive any of the polling units visited by Daily Trust by 8 a.m. as planned despite some of the residents saying they had been at the centres since 4.30a.m.

In Nyanya, Karu and Jikwoyi, Daily Trust observed that the last vehicle conveying non sensitive materials and ad hoc staff from the registration area centres did not arrive until about 9.30 a.m.

As at 9 a.m. the materials were still at the LEA Primary School Karu, due to lack of vehicles.

An assistant polling officer, who did not want his name in print, said ad hoc staff slept at the school and have been up since 2a.m. sorting the materials to be distributed.

Jimoh Sehidu, a voter at the polling unit 020 in Karu said he does not mind waiting as long he would be allowed to vote.

Aside polling unit 013, CBN Junction Karu, in which one of the Smart Card Readers was not functional, all other centres appeared orderly, with the card readers working and personnel on ground.

Also, there were heavy security personnel including officers from the Nigeria Police, Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Road Safety Corps at every polling centres.

None of the security personnel at the polling units were armed though there are armed security operatives at various strategic locations in the city centre.

An INEC officer at LEA Karu, Oyegade Adeleke supervising the distribution of the electoral materials however said accreditation of voters started by 8 a.m. across all the polling units in the area.

She said there were no hitches and that the process was going on smoothly.

 

Card readers turned problematic at the start of accreditation on election morning.

President Goodluck Jonathan could not be accredited for nearly 30 minutes.

Reports of card readers failing to capture voter data came from different parts of the country.

Some of the cases have been attributed to the film over the screens of readers still left intact.

In other cases, readers programmed for the previous polls date of Feb 14 have been thought to be the problem.

But in many units, the readers have become functional as accreditation gradually winds up.

Here’s what Senate president David Mark said at his unit.

“The entire environment is so peaceful. It requires a lot of patience for the card readers to go. The essence is to make sure that the entrie Nigerians vote and that their votes counts. I had to clean my hands at various time because the first time it didn’t work.”

 

Correspondent Nathaniel Bivan in Kuje says “exactly 1.05pm, voters are called to vote.”

It signals the start of voting at Kayarda/Kayard Primary School in Kuje council area of FCT.

It is already past 1pm and accreditation is ongoing. (An INEC official reveals there are lots of PVC rejection, but that the people would still vote.)

This reporter observed several of such persons directed to another polling unit, but exactly 1:05 voters are called to vote.

Nike, Lagos: Accreditation  smooth at Tunde Odumosu close, olowora.

March 28, 20151:53 pm
March 28, 20151:47 pm

Emeka, Aba: Former minister for Labour and Productivity, Emeka Wogu, eho was accredited at about 10.40am at Ohiazu Ward six in Umuogele-Aba village in Aba South. He complained of late arrival of electoral officials, but expressed optimism that voting would go on smoothly

March 28, 20151:46 pm

Bisi Deji-Folutile, Lagos:

Officials resorted to manual accreditaion in Ikeja GRA. As of 12:30pm,
105 voters accredited out of 800, Police Barracks, 65 out of 500,
because of failure of card readers.

INEC officials said they got instructions late to use manual accreditation.

March 28, 20151:46 pm

Ade, Abuja:  While poll officers are preparing for voting to commence, the Presiding Officer at Unit 007  in front of National Library, Annexe, Off Moshood Abiola Way, Area 2, Garki Abuja, said  465 voters were accredited at 1pm, out of the 2021 registered voters.
March 28, 20151:45 pm

Ade, Abuja: Accreditation is still ongoing in all the parts of municipal area of Abuja visited. This is due to delay of arrival of election materials to polling units.

March 28, 20151:44 pm

Ade, Abuja: Soldiers who are not on duty are participating in the ongoing ‎accreditation exercise going on smoothly at Mogadishu Cantonement (Sani Abacha Barracks), Abuja, but they are not in uniform. A soldier told me soldiers are not allowed to wear uniform to the polling unit.

March 28, 20151:43 pm

Ade, Abuja: 1.21pm: While poll officers are preparing for voting to commence, the Presiding Officer at Unit 007  in front of National Library, Annexe, Off Moshood Abiola Way, Area 2, Garki Abuja, said  465 voters were accredited of 1pm, out of the 2021 registered voters.
March 28, 20151:41 pm

Tunde Ajaja Ondo: Some voters waiting for accreditation at Igbotako ward 2, Unit 7. The old woman said she had been waiting since 8am

March 28, 20151:40 pm

Bisi Deji-Folutile, Lagos:

INEC officials told voters to come back next week to vote in ward 040,
Okunola, Alimosho. They claimed they have 5 incident forms for 1,050
voters.

Stanley Opara, Awka:

Less than an hour after a bomb exploded at a polling unit in Enugu, a similar incident has occurred in Awka, Anambra State.

The Anambra explosion took place at Atom, a polling unit at Umuokpara Primary School, Awka ward one.

Abuja voters queuing to be accredited

Voters read papers as they sit in a queue waiting to be accredited in this shot by BBC Hausa service editor Mansur Liman.

Correspondent Nathaniel Bivan in Kuje says “exactly 1.05pm, voters are called to vote.”

It signals the start of voting at Kayarda/Kayard Primary School in Kuje council area of FCT.

It is already past 1pm and accreditation is ongoing. (An INEC official reveals there are lots of PVC rejection, but that the people would still vote.)

This reporter observed several of such persons directed to another polling unit, but exactly 1:05 voters are called to vote.

 

 

  

Correspondent at a polling unit in Kuje council area of FCT reports “slow pace of accreditation here!

“Five people have barely been accredited in a unit with almost 300 intending voters. And now they [officials] are warning they’ll soon stop the accreditation.”

People are losing patience here as tension is getting high, she says.

Bisi Deji-Folutile, Lagos:

INEC officials told voters to come back next week to vote in ward 040,
Okunola, Alimosho. They claimed they have 5 incident forms for 1,050
voters.

March 28, 20151:29 pm

Allwell, Asaba:

Though accreditation started late (at about 12:15pm) at most polling units in Sapele, it has remained peaceful.

March 28, 20151:28 pm

Reic, Port Harcourt: In Ozuaha, dozens of unused ballot papers littered the streets after thugs attacked INEC officials bringing in electoral materials into the community.

Though, yet to be confirmed by the police, at least one person is believed to have died in the ensuing gun battle between the thugs and security team escorting corps members and other polling officers into the town.

Blood stains were seen by our correspondent all over the major road leading into the community while women rolled on the floor, wailing over their losses of loved ones.

March 28, 20151:26 pm

Etim, Uyo: Police arrests APC agent,  Etim Ekpo, in Uyo for asking questions about election materials

March 28, 20151:25 pm

Adesomoju, Abuja: Voting about to start in front of the National Library
Annexe, off Moshood Abiola Way, Area 2, Garki, Abuja.

March 28, 20151:22 pm

Eric, Port Harcourt:
In Unit 19, Omagwa-Ale, voters were seen harassing youth corpers,
accusing them of not carrying genuine result sheets.
As a result, accreditation was halted for several minutes but has now
continued after a combined team of military and normal policemen
patrolling the area intervened.

Tunde Ajaja Ondo: Some voters waiting for accreditation at Igbotako ward 2, Unit 7. The old woman said she had been waiting since 8am

‘Policeman and civilian shot’

More details are coming in of the attack on Birin Fulani village in Gombe state – a policeman and a civilian were shot by Boko Haram gunmen, according to monitoring group Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room.

The attackers came in eight cars and two motorbikes, it says.

Ibrahim Shehu-Adamu

GSS Tudun Wada Abuja polling station

Accreditation has concluded at the GSS Tudun Wada Abuja polling station in the capital, despite starting two hours late. Voters are now queuing up to cast their vote which will begin by 12:30 GMT.

Card reader slows down accreditation in Nasarawa

Hir Joseph, Lafia

 

Technical hitches coming from the card reader have slowed down accreditation of would be voters in Nasarawa State.

The inability of the card reader to recognise the Permanent Voters’ Card (PVCs) has blighted the accreditation exercise in the state, with many people expressing frustration over the development.

In all polling units visited, the late start of the exercise was further worsened by the card reader’s challenge, keeping lengthy queues of anxious electorate waiting to be accredited.

At Kagbu, it took the Information Minister, Senator Patricia Akwashiki 15 minutes to be accredited.

She expressed disappointment over the delay in authenticating the PVCs but urged voters to remain calm and peaceful as INEC officials provided alternative means to accredit them.

“So far, it has not been good because in my polling unit only one person has been captured. We are here from 8 o’clock, it’s now after 10 and only one person has been captured,” she complained.

#NigeriaVotes Vellas Bamas and Ola Noah in Minna, Niger State, say “accreditation under Bosso local govt and Tunga Mopol quarters is moving smoothly and the queue is moving fast. Although Security agents are restricting movements and failure to provide valid reason you will be allowed access.”Comments(0)

Barsheer Yussef Radda says:

“We have problem with our INEC Accreditation device here at Kumbotso L.G. Chiranchi ward PU 19/25/02/001. The device locked itself.”

Daily Trust correspondent Latifat Opoola in Kuje area council of FCT says “accreditation has not started” in Kuje quarters polling unit as at 12.20.

Residents living in the area report that soldiers stopped them getting around even before restriction of movement came into force on election morning.

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INEC officials yet to arrive polling stations in Jos North
Lami Sadiq, Jos

At 12 noon, some adhoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are yet to arrive polling units in Anguwan Rogo and Anguwan Rukuba of Jos north local government area of Plateau State.

Electorates in the area expressed fear that INEC may reschedule their election date to tomorrow should their officials fail to arrive on time.

Voters were still on queue while others stood in groups as they discussed their predicament.

There are complaints also from Qua’an Pan local government area in the southern Senatorial zone where INEC adhoc staff were said to have arrived the polling units as late as 11:30am.

Stanley Opara, Awka: As of 12noon, drivers, who were to convey electoral materials refused to do so. They said they were not paid their allowances. This happened at Ogbaru LGA. They have asked INEC to settle them before they can leave.
Some contestants were said to have paid the drivers from their pockets.
March 28, 20151:06 pm

An obviously under-aged boy being accredited at an unknown location.

March 28, 20151:03 pm

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Ademola, Lagos: People queuing for acre situation at a polling station in Ojodu

March 28, 20151:02 pm


Jude, Jos: Women protesting non-issuance of PVC in Jang’s ward, Ladura Du in Jos South LGA.

INEC officials yet to arrive polling stations in Jos North
Lami Sadiq, Jos

At 12 noon, some adhoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are yet to arrive polling units in Anguwan Rogo and Anguwan Rukuba of Jos north local government area of Plateau State.

Electorates in the area expressed fear that INEC may reschedule their election date to tomorrow should their officials fail to arrive on time.

Voters were still on queue while others stood in groups as they discussed their predicament.

There are complaints also from Qua’an Pan local government area in the southern Senatorial zone where INEC adhoc staff were said to have arrived the polling units as late as 11:30am.

Simon, Minna: Niger State Governor, Babangida Aliyu, has faulted the use
of card readers for the general election, saying this is not the time
to make people understand electronic voting.

March 28, 201512:56 pm

Alexander, Edo:

Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole gets accredited at Ward 10, Unit 1, in Iyamho, Etsako West Local Government Area

March 28, 201512:56 pm

Drama at Unit 15, Ward 5, Ode Sokoto area, Ogbomoso, as election officers wait for voters to come out for accreditation.

It was learnt that voters had initially come out but went back angrily when the card reader didn’t work initially

#NigeriaDecides: INEC officials yet to arrive polling stations in Jos North
Lami Sadiq, Jos

At 12 noon, some adhoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are yet to arrive polling units in Anguwan Rogo and Anguwan Rukuba of Jos north local government area of Plateau State.

Electorates in the area expressed fear that INEC may reschedule their election date to tomorrow should their officials fail to arrive on time.

Voters were still on queue while others stood in groups as they discussed their predicament.

There are complaints also from Qua’an Pan local government area in the southern Senatorial zone where INEC adhoc staff were said to have arrived the polling units as late as 11:30am.

Massive deployment of police in Kwara
Abdullateef Aliyu, Ilorin
Reports from Ajikobi ward in Ilorin west local Government Area of Kwara State indicate massive deployment of mobile policemen and undercover agents.The ward is the home of Senator Bukola Saraki, Senator Gbemisola Saraki, Minister of National Planning, Dr. Abubakar Sulaiman, Hajia Muinat Shagaya who is an associate of First Lady Patience Jonathan, among others.The deployment of large security personnel might not be unconnected with the tension and the apprehension in the ward with Saraki, the state All Progressive Congress (APC) leader and key Peoples Democratic party (PDP) gladiators spoiling for war.Senator Saraki arrived at 10:55 am and got accredited immediately at polling unit 005.Gbemi Saraki and National Planning Minister had been earlier accredited amidst huge turnout of voters and onlookers at the polling units.Comments(0)

Politicians go about with ‘with election duty’ policemen

Hir Joseph, Lafia

Politicians in Nasarawa State, some of whom are running for elective positions in the national assembly elections are going round with armed policemen in uniforms, with some carrying “Election Duty” stickers on their vehicles, Daily Trust has learnt.

Our reporter, who is monitoring the election sighted no fewer than eight politicians, with three of them contesting in the election, going round with armed policemen in uniform.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) directed that politician must not move with policemen.

Our reporter observed that the same politicians have INEC stickers bearing the commission’s emblem, with the inscription: “Election Duty,” stock on the windscreens of their vehicles.

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Badagry expressway in Lagos deserted owing to the no movement directive by the federal government

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Kwankwaso goes home without siren

Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso left the Kano state government house to his hometown, Kwankwaso in Madobi local government area in order to cast his vote.

Our correspondents report that the governor who is the Kano central senatorial candidate of the APC left government house around 11.48am without the usual siren.

: INEC postpones election into House of Rep, in 11 federal constituencies in Jigawa due to short-fall of sensitive materials

 

Abuja

The religious folks are not left out, these reverend sisters were seen ready to get accredited at the Area 2 shopping complex in Abuja. Abuja PU 3

12.31

Plateau

The INEC officials and Materials arrived at 11:30 a.m. at Jos North local government area, especially Naraguta B ward. Shaka PU, Giring ward, Jos South lga, the officials and Materials arrived at 10:00 a.m but people are still awaiting accreditation. #Lagos: The accreditation is going on smoothly with the accreditation process being completed within 10 seconds at Ibeju Lekki local govt, ward 09, PU: 006.

12.04

Ekiti

Accreditation completed in most of the polling units in Oye Ekiti.

12.15

Ondo

There are police officers keeping tabs on voters in Ondo State but soldiers are conspicuously missing as ordered by the courts

12.18

Abuja

There is still no sign of INEC officials at Lugbe King of Kings secondary school and Katampe II polling unit Mpape Bwari, area council, Abuja.

12.20

Oyo

At Sabo, the Hausa community in Ibadan, PREMIUM TIMES gathered that ‎accreditation began late as well. As at 11: 49 a.m, accreditation is still ongoing as there is a large turnout of voters. The card readers are not fully working with officials resorting to manual- checking of names on a printout paper. The community is, however, not media friendly as they warned against taking of photographs.

The website of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC),www.inecnigeria.org, has been hacked.

The hackers, who described themselves as Nigerian cyber-army,  urged Nigerians to vote without getting scared.

They also warned INEC against rigging the election, as they had been watching the electoral body for sometimes now.

INEC, through twitter handle, has acknowledged the cyber attack, saying it is investigating it.

Bala Musa in Gashua Local Government area in Yobe state is lamenting the slow pace of voter’s accreditation in the state.

He reports that the late arrival of INEC officials and the slow pace of the accreditation process may deny over 870 voters at Stangaya polling unit 005 their opportunity to vote.

He complains that although there are two voting points, not more than 30 people have been done the accreditation as at 11:55 am.

Umar Abdullahi in Gombe State, Yemaltu/Deba local government area, says at Galadima 002 polling unit, accreditation is ongoing but the card readers are not working effectivel.

He says the incident form is being used as an alternative to correct the issues of the card readers not being able to read the thumb print of voters.

At Iji, Omedo and Etaja thugs alleged to be loyal to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have taken over the polling units and have stopped accreditation,

Security agents said they were trying to bring the situation under control.

Outcry over card readers failure in Taraba
From Itodo Daniel Sule, Jalingo

Voters are complaining over failure of card readers which has hampered accreditation in many polling units across the state.

At polling units 009, 10 and 11 (Mayo Gwoi Ward) situated at Hassan Primary School Jalingo, there were complaints of card readers not functioning.

Our correspondent observed that the card readers were showing “no validated date” on the screen and could not verify voters cards.

Presiding officers at the units told our correspondent that they were not trained on how to configure the machines and were waiting for INEC engineers to come and fix the problem.

Also at polling unit 16 situated at Low Cost Primary School, Magami, Jalingo, the presiding officer, Polycarp David, said he could not accredit voters due to failure of card readers.Comments(0)

Election materials diverted in Rivers

Election materials for Akuku-Toru local government area, wards 15 and 16 in Kula community of Rivers state were said to have been hijacked from Abonnema the LGA HQ and diverted to an unknown destination since Friday by some politicians and in connivance with some INEC officials, reports correspondent in Rivers

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Speaking early in the morning of election day, 28 March 2015, Commonwealth Observer Group Chairperson Chairperson Dr Bakili Muluzi, former President of Malawi, said:

“Today is an opportunity for the people of Nigeria to exercise their fundamental right to express their will through the ballot box.  We are encouraging all Nigerians to come out to vote whichever party they support.

“On behalf of the Commonwealth Observer Group, I welcome the reaffirmation of the Abuja Peace Accord by the main presidential candidates on Thursday and urge all stakeholders to remain calm and peaceful.

“Our mandate is to observe and consider all aspects of the electoral process to see if the election is credible and transparent. We act impartially and independently. Our task is to assess the organisation and conduct of the elections as well as compliance with the democratic standards and principles to which Nigeria has committed itself.

“Our interim statement will be issued on Monday. This will be followed by an extensive final report covering all our observations.”

Confusion trailing where Vice President Namadi Sambo will vote in
Kaduna.

The original polling unit of the vice president at the Camp Road was
surprisingly moved from there to Police College Polling Unit in the city
centre.

Sambo failed to win in his polling unit and ward in Kaduna in the 2011
general elections.

March 28, 201511:54 am

Eniola, Lagos: Officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission arrived Jimoh Balogun Street, Ikosi, Ketu in the Kosofe Local Government Area, Lagos, around 11am, thereby delaying accreditation by nearly three hours.

Some residents, who spoke to our correspondent, berated INEC for showing up late because voting proper is to begin by 1pm.

A resident, Azeez, at polling unit 076, said he was not sure if two hours would be enough to accredit all the voters due to the unpredictable nature of the card readers.

March 28, 201511:51 am

Simon, Niger:

Card readers fail at Abdulsalami’s polling unit.

Accreditation yet to start at the Uphill Water Tank unit in Sabon Gari
Ward of Chachagan Local Government where former military ruler, Gen.
Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd), is expected to vote.

It was gathered that although electoral officials and materials arrived
at the unit before 8am, both card readers failed to work.

Simon, Niger:

Card readers fail at Abdulsalami’s polling unit.

Accreditation yet to start at the Uphill Water Tank unit in Sabon Gari
Ward of Chachagan Local Government where former military ruler, Gen.
Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd), is expected to vote.

It was gathered that although electoral officials and materials arrived
at the unit before 8am, both card readers failed to work.

March 28, 201511:48 am

Former Vice President and chieftain of APC, Atiku Abubakar being accredited at Ajiya Ward 2, Komihina, Jimeta, Yola, Adamawa State.

Be patient, Obasanjo tells voters without PVCs

From Kehinde Akinyemi, Abeokuta

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has  said that inability of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to provide eligible voters with their Permanent Voter Card (PVC) amounts to ‘‘water don pass garri’’.

Obasanjo nonetheless urged the affected persons to take the development in good stride, saying there will always be another time.

The former president who spoke shortly after he was accredited for the election at Ward II, Unit 22 Olusomi Compound, Totoro in Abeokuta-North Local Government, said it was unfortunate that despite satisfactory reports received, some people still complain about their inability to get the PVC.

“If they have not gotten all the cards at this hour, there is not much anybody can do. However, we hope that they have the cards by the next election. Unfortunately, those people will be disenfranchised from this election but this should not become political violence, they should be patient. The organisers are doing their best; at times, water dey pass garri and when  that happens, you take it coolly and then expect the best from what you have,” he said.

On the election the generally, Obasanjo said, it is constitutional that every four years Nigerian must go to the polls to elect new leaders and that it is nothing new.

Niyi, Abuja: INEC officials and the police at old federal secretariat insist that all party agents must have id cards.

A man who identified himself as the PDP agent does not have ID card. He has been asked to leave the area.

11.30
Cross-River
Election materials still being distributed to Adhoc staff in Calabar, Ikot Ishie ward 6 (08/06/002) which is delaying accreditation. At Polling Unit at 10 ward 9 Yong Edema Calabar South, accreditation opened at 8:00 a.m. but have card reader issues.

Lagos/Nasarawa

While four card readers and four spare batteries were provided at the Alakuko court hall 005 Ifako Ijaye Lagos state, the card readers at Giza, Keana LG of Nasarawa state, have malfunctioned.

The accreditation is going on peacefully at Polling Unit the 083 in Ijegun, Lagos state despite the late arrival of the INEC officials.

11.15

Lagos

While four card readers and four spare batteries were provided at the Alakuko court hall 005 Ifako Ijaye Lagos state, the card readers at Giza, Keana LG of Nasarawa state, have malfunctioned. The accreditation is going on peacefully at Polling Unit the 083 in Ijegun, Lagos state despite the late arrival of the INEC officials. Accreditation commenced at 8am at Majidadi B’ PU Kfn Alh. Ladan and still on going smoothly as well.

11.30

Cross-River

Election materials still being distributed to Adhoc staff in Calabar, Ikot Ishie ward 6 (08/06/002) which is delaying accreditation. At Polling Unit at 10 ward 9 Yong Edema Calabar South, accreditation opened at 8:00 a.m. but have card reader issues.

Yusuf Gidado From Argungu LGA, Ungwa mai samari ward polling unit of Tunga Zazzagawa ward said card readers cannot capture PVC. There are three card readers but only is functional.

In Jaliingo, state capital of Taraba, potential voters wait for accreditation at polling unit 008, Mayo Gwoi Ward Jalingo. By Daniel Itodo

Confusion in Imo over incomplete voting materials

John Kennedy

Distribution of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) materials has come to a standstill at Ezinihitte collection centre Mbieri Mbaitoli local government area over incomplete materials.
Materials seen include 25 booklets for Presidential election, 65 for the senate and 65 for House of Representatives.

One card reader that was not formatted was also supplied.

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Osinbanjo waits for 2 hour for INEC officials

From Femi Akinola, Lagos
Vice-Presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, waited over two hours for INEC officials at his polling unit at VGC recreational centre, Ajah, Lagos.

Eric, Port Harcourt: Sporadic shootings was witnessed around 10:30am Saturday in Ozuaha community in Ikwerre Local Government Area. Thugs who had barricaded the road into the town, opened fire on a team of policemen and military police escorting Youth Corpers to their polling unit.

Idris, kogi: Party agents wooing voters secretly in Aiyetoro 1 units 1,2,3,4, Kogi State.

Simon, Minna: Hundreds of people waiting in the sun to be accredited. Complaints are beginning to emerge at some polling units in Minna, the Niger State capital that the accredition process is slow.

Confusion in Imo over incomplete voting materials

John Kennedy

Distribution of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) materials has come to a standstill at Ezinihitte collection centre Mbieri Mbaitoli local government area over incomplete materials.
Materials seen include 25 booklets for Presidential election, 65 for the senate and 65 for House of Representatives.

One card reader that was not formatted was also supplied.

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Osinbanjo waits for 2 hour for INEC officials

From Femi Akinola, Lagos
Vice-Presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, waited over two hours for INEC officials at his polling unit at VGC recreational centre, Ajah, Lagos.

Osinbajo arrived the centre a little after 8am, but INEC officials did not arrive until a few minutes after 10am.

Governor Babatunde Fashola, on his part, arrived his polling unit in Surulere at 10. 45am, accompanied by his wife and son.

There ‎was a case of late arrival of electoral materials and failure of card reader in Karamnawa Bare ward (011) in Baure local government in Katsina state, says Nurudeen Abdallah in Daura.

The INEC officials arrived the polling unit around 9:41am even though the registered voters queued up at the venue as early as 6am.

But even when the officials ‎arrived, the accreditation of voters couldn’t start because of failure of card readers.

Only two people been accredited by the card reader at the time of filing this report.

INEC officials had to take back the card reader to the local government headquarters.

An INEC accredited observer with African Youth development Foundation (AFYIDEF) Emmanuel Olajomo  in Gwarinpa ward 005 says card readers there are unable to capture PVCs of voters and people are asked to wait for some time.Comments(0)

Vice President Namadi Sambo has changed polling unit from Kabala Camp Road to Police College, Swimming Pool 001 in Kaduna, correspondents report.

Daily Trust’s Misbahu Bashir says no reason was given for the change.

But sources said the vice president was embarrassed by the previous performance of his party at his former polling unit.

Sambo is yet to arrive the new polling unit

11.02

Anambra

As at 10:58 a.m. accreditation is yet to commence at St. Mark’s Anglican Church Nnewichi Nnewi. INEC staff are present but are only giving numbers to voters present.

11.05

Bayelsa

President Jonathan returned to his polling unit with his wife, Patience, amidst heavy security to re-try his accreditation. He was accredited manually via the incident list. Attempts to match his finger prints with the card readers failed.

11.09

Rivers

Peaceful accreditation ongoing at polling unit 001, Omagwa in Rivers State. Rivers PU1

11.11

Rivers

Amaechi at polling unit in Ikwere Local Government Area where accreditation is yet to start at 10.50am due to the non supply of result sheet by INEC. Amaechi at Ikwerre

Internally Displaced Persons queue up for accreditation in Maiduguri.

How IDPs would vote was a major concern in the runup to the elections.

11.01

Kano

Accreditation  is yet to commence  in Kwalli polling station, Kankarofi ward, Kano municipal, all in Kano as at 10:45am. INEC officials are yet to arrive.

11.01

Oyo

Accreditation is going on smoothly at popular places in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital. Accreditation going on at polling centres along Ring Road and in Molete a‎rea of the city with military personnel stationed at flashpoints. ‎Soldiers were seen at Challenge roundabout, Molete roundabout and the popular Iwo road roundabout‎.

 

10.40

Nasarawa

Materials have been distribution across the ten wards of Doma local government area and accreditation started around 9.30am. No incidence of card failure has been reported so far. In Kofar Madaki polling unit of Madaki ward, over 100 people have so far been accredited and so far the exercise has been peaceful.

10.41

Cross-River

Although the Polling officers at Calabar, ward 4, PU 110 arrived at the appropriate time,  faulty card readers delaying  accreditation.

10.43

Lagos

Accreditation has begun at Polling Unit 011 at Arowojobe Street, Oshodi. A check of the accreditation time shows a range of 11 seconds to 1 minute 5 seconds per person. At a nearby polling unit, some voters whose cards couldn’t be read were asked to wait by INEC officials. lagos

10.43

Kano

Long queue at Muhammadu Rabiu polling centre Kano. In Dala local government, accreditation is ongoing. Kano PU

10.44

Taraba

Kofar Wakilin Tasha Jalingo: accreditation started on time and there are no reported cases of card reader failures yet.

10.45

Katsina

Aisha Buhari getting accredited in Daura Aisha Buhari

10.47

Rivers

A voter being verified with a card reader at Ward 12, unit 5, Port Harcourt City Local Government Area. riverrs

10.47

Katsina

The card reader brought by polling officials at Karamnawa unit of Bare ward in Bare local government has failed to read voters at PU 011. The officials arrived the unit at 9:41am and could only accredit two voters after 45 minutes. They have gone back to the local government headquarters to get a replacement.

10.53

Anambra

Accreditation is yet to commence as at 10:41 am at St. John of the Cross Catholic church Egbo Uruagu Nnewi Anambra PU

11.00

Abuja

Adhoc INEC staff arriving polling unit 006 at Area 2 shopping complex Abuja to start accreditation moments ago. Abuja PU

11.01

Kano

Accreditation  is yet to commence  in Kwalli polling station, Kankarofi ward, Kano municipal, all in Kano as at 10:45am. INEC officials are yet to arrive.

11.01

Oyo

Accreditation is going on smoothly at popular places in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital. Accreditation going on at polling centres along Ring Road and in Molete a‎rea of the city with military personnel stationed at flashpoints. ‎Soldiers were seen at Challenge roundabout, Molete roundabout and the popular Iwo road roundabout‎

Asari Dokubo’s card is rejected by card reader in Bakana, Degema LGA of Rivers State. No electoral materials in most polling units, says correspondents

Gunmen kill 7 in Gombe LG

From Adamu Saleh, Gombe

Gunmen in about nine hilux vans and motorcycles attacked Nafada Local Government Area of Gombe State killing about seven people.

The gunmen burnt some cars and asked the villagers not to come out and vote. Witnesses said the gunmen left the area after the attack.

When contacted, the state police spokesman, DSP Fwaje Atajiri, said he was in a meeting and would get back to journalists.

Meanwhile, voters accreditation is ongoing in parts of the state.

Unarmed policemen were seen at all polling units.

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Accreditation yet to commence in Kebbi
From Garba Muhammad, Birnin Kebbi

Delay of voting materials and officials caused delay in commencement of accreditation in Badariya, a densely populated area in Birnin Kebbi.

When our correspondent visited Massalacin Maisaje, Kola Tarasa and Haliru Abdu polling units, neither INEC officials nor the materials had arrived.

In Sanda Buza Dangaladima polling unit, voters were seen on queues with their food packs.

“We have been on queue since 6:00am and up till now, we haven t seen INEC officials and nobody came to tell us what happened,”  a  voter said.

A candidate for APC Birnin Kebbi/Kalgo/ Bunza federal constituency, Abdullahi Muslim ,called on INEC to send materials and staff so that no voter will be disenfranchised.

Sakaba Local Government Area chairman, Barr Ibrahim Mohammed Sakaba, confirmed that Fada ward has shortage of ballot papers.

Allowing people to vote will eradicate rigging -Buhari

By Nuruddeen M. Abdallah

The APC presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari has said rigging would be impossible‎ during elections if people are allowed to vote.

Buhari disclosed this while speaking to journalists in Daura, Katsina state after his accredition at ‎the Sarkin Yara A polling unit this number.

“If people are allowed to vote rigging will actually be an impossible in this system,” he said.

He said INEC has done well in preparing for the polls.

“I think (INEC) has done very well and I have said it to my colleagues elsewhere that from their presentation to the council of state which I happen to be one of the members, INEC this time has done extremely well.”

 


08.10

At Polling Unit 008, Area 2 Shopping Complex by the library in Abuja, voters have gathered and are waiting for INEC staff to arrive. Voters have given themselves queue numbers ahead of INEC’s accreditation.

Polling Unit area 2 Abuja

08.21

It’s a mostly cloudy morning in Lagos, temperature is 28 degrees Celsius. The roads are deserted and military checkpoints dot strategic locations around the city. Prospective voters are seen moving in groups to their polling units. At Old Ojo Road, dozens of voters have assembled at most of the polling units waiting for INEC officials who are yet to arrive. Valentine Okonkwo, a resident of Old Ojo Road, says he expects a peaceful election. “My expectations for today’s election is that those coming to cast their votes would be as orderly as possible, and steer clear of trouble. “Maybe for a little logistic reason INEC officials are yet to get to this place and I hope they get here soon so we start accrediting people for their votes.”

08.34

The Independent National Electoral Commission has postponed House of Reps elections in eleven federal constituencies in Jigawa State. The posponment follows insufficent supply of sensitive election materials including ballot papers and result sheets for the election. The postponement does not affect the presidential and senate election in the consituencies. The State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Halliru Aliyu Tambawel announced the postponemnt Friday night at INEC headquarters in Dutse The affected constituencies are Dutse/Kiyawa, Ringim/ Taura, HadeJia/Kafin Hausa/Auyo, and Jahun Miga federal Constituencies of Jigawa state, others include Gumel/Maigatari/Sule tankarkar/ Gagarawa, Kaugama/Malam-madori and Gwaram Federal constituencies. Babura/Garki, Birnin Kudu /Buji, Birniwa/ Guri/Kirikasamma and Kazaure/Roni/Gwiwa/’Yankwashi. The resident electoral commissioner said the Presidential and senatorial elections will hold as scheduled in all the 27 local government areas in the state.

08.37

At Iworoko Ekiti, Irepodun Ifelodun LGA, voters are gathered outside waiting for the arrival of INEC officials and materials

08.40

At AP plaza Wuse 2, PU/37/06/04/180 is yet to start accreditation. The INEC official arrived at exactly 8.32am and are about to set up. Voters arrived as early as 7.00am to pick up numbers before accreditation begins proper.

08.41

Accreditation ongoing at Unit 2 Ward 3, Ifaki 1. Ido \Osi local govt. IMAG0146 IMAG0147

08.41

Katsina

At 8:32am, INEC officials were collecting election material at Mazoji town in the outskirts of Dara, the hometown of General Muhammad Buhari, in Katsina state.

08.45

Katsina

The APC presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, and his wife, Aisha, have been accredited in his hometown, Daura.

08.55

6:30am, Saturday morning, security agents are seen around the entire city of Calabar. Late Friday, police commissioner, Okey Ezeani, had in a press statement announced a curfew between the hours of 6am and 7am. Presently, election materials are yet to arrive as all polling booths as at this time are empty. The streets are deserted, residents remain indoors

08.59

Ondo

At the governor pooling unit, the situation reports on the road indicates that accreditation of electorate have began. At Unit 24 Adepetu ward Ondo West local government, the turn-out on queue is impressive and peaceful for now.

09.02

Ekiti

A voter in wheelchair display his voters card after completing his accreditation at Ido-Osi in Ifaki local government, Ekiti. IMAG0149

09.08

Abuja

The polling unit at AP plaza Wuse 2 has yet to start accreditation. INEC officials arrived at 8.32am and are about to set up. Voters arrived as early as 7.00am to pick up numbers.   20150328_085307

09.08

Oyo

At Ward 11 in Ibadan south west local government, INEC officials ‎have arrived and are setting up to start accreditation of voters.

At units 18-21, where Governor Abiola Ajimobi is expected to cast his vote, officials have arrived. Security personnel are also on ground.

At ward 12, Unit 39 at Ibadan South-West Local government, INEC officials are yet to arrive.

Residents who spoke with PREMIUM TIMES said there were speculations that INEC has shifted the polling unit to Government College.

“We voted here in 2011, we registered here, we got our PVC here but we can’t find INEC here today. We cannot take this,” one man, who gave his name as Adejumo, told our reporter.

09.11

Katsina

Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC being accredited at his polling unit.   Buhari Accreditation

09.19

Oyo

Around Gbekuba area, Ward 12, in Ibadan South West Local Government, INEC officials were yet to arrive as at 8:45 when PREMIUM TIMES visited. Electorates, discussing the delay, vowed to challenge the result if they are unable to vote eventually. Also at unit 067, 068, 069 ward 12 Ibadan South west local government, INEC officials have yet to arrive as at 9:07. Electorates are also worried at this polling centre. Meanwhile, INEC officials have started accreditation at unit 1 ward 1Atiba LG, Oyo state.

09.20

Abuja

The polling unit at AP plaza Wuse 2 has started accreditation at exactly 9:15am 20150328_091144

09.23

Bauchi

At Makama/Sarki Baki in Bauchi state, the number of voters in that area exceeded between 701 to 900 which prompted them to create another voting point created.

09.25

Adamawa

The accreditation process is peaceful and going on smoothly at Ward 2 (EC30A) Polling station, Numan – Adamawa State

09.27

Lagos

It’s almost an hour now and INEC officials are yet to arrive at the polling centres in Festac Town and Ago Palace Way, Okota. Voters are standing idly around polling units. At Alli Dada Street, Okota, Ademola Adeko, a resident says they had been waiting for INEC officials since 7 a.m. “People will get frustrated when they don’t see them,” said Mr. Adeko, a retired Engineer. “That is the problem, they always come late. I want you to tell them, they should come in time. So when they come, there won’t be people sitting around trying to foment any trouble.” IMG-20150328-00034

09.31

At UNIBEN, the polling unit opened at 7am but INEC official arrived the venue at 8:26 a.m.

09.34

Kaduna

INEC officials yet to arrive, Gabasawa polling unit in Anguwan Rimi Kaduna State, a prospective voter tells PREMIUM TIMES. “Hello, at our polling unit we are yet to see Inec official. Gabasawa polling unit, Anguwan Rimi Kaduna” the voter said.

09.36

Jigawa

The people of Jahun in Jigawa state still waiting for Inec officials at a polling unit in Jahun IMG-20150328-WA0001

09.38

Lagos

Voters waiting for INEC officials sorting out election materials in Eti-osa, Ilasan Housing Estate, Lagos. Accreditation yet to commence. Eti Osa, Lagos

09.40

Ekiti

Large turnout of voters at Baba Femi’ House. Unit 007. Isan Ilafon Ilemosho, Onye LGA. INEC officials and corps members say they have not experienced any issues with PVCs or the card readers. Accreditation still on going.

09.40

Cross-River/Abuja/Adamawa

The card readers are not functioning at Polling Unit 7, Ward 3 in Calabar. Meanwhile, the card readers at GSS Wuse Zone 3 are working perfectly well. Its taking each individual a minimum of 40 seconds to accredit one person. Accreditation began at 8:30am in ward 2 (EC30A) PU Numan LGA Adamawa state.

09.41

Nasarawa

There is a large turnout at several polling units in Nasarawa State. At Kadarko polling unit of Tudun Kofa ward of Keffi Local Government voters, voters have lined up since 7am waiting for INEC officials. When PREMIUM TIMES visited Tudun Kofa ward office of INEC, officials were seen distributing materials while NYSC waited to deploy to their various centres. At Agwan mission polling unit of Agwatashi of Obi Local Government area, the card reader refused to work despite the early arrival of officials.

09.47

Plateau

PU18 Yekwa shendam LG, plateau state. Queeing as INeC official were just arriving IMG-20150328-WA0029

09.47

Delta

House of Reps election in Ethiope East and West Constitutency in Delta postponed due to shortfall in ballot papers, says Aniedi Ikoiwak, the REC

09.51

Cross-River

Polling Unit at Ikot Eneobong 006, Ward 9 in Calabar opened at 7.30am. Accreditation has not started because an INEC official informed the voters that the card readers is undergoing some network problems

09.51

Nasarawa As Nigerians goes to the poll today, their was massive turn out in Nasarawa state as people troop out as early as 6am. In kadarko polling unit of Tudun Kofa ward of Keffi local government voters, have lined up since around seven o clock waiting for the INEC officials. When premium times visited Tudun Kofa ward headquarters Officials were seen distributing materials while NYSC were seen waiting to move to their various centers. However in Agwan mission polling unit of Agwatashi of Obi local government area, despite the fact that the officials came around 8am. The card reader refuse to work. 20150328_084456

09.53

Abuja

Voters are still yet to begin at the Polling Unit at Lugbe King of Kings Secondary school FHA.

09.55

Oyo

At Polling Unit 003c, 003A and 003B, 003, Oluyole extension Ibadan, there is only 1 police woman present and no military. The accreditation commenced at 8am using card readers without a spare battery.

09.55

Nasarawa

Accreditation yet to commence in Jigirya, kawaji ward in Nasarawa LGA of kano state asass

09.57

Jos/Katsina

The card reader in Polling Unit 31-06-06-018 Jos south, Plateau state has malfunctioned and is  waiting for replacement. Also, the reports from Katsina suggest that fingerprint authentications are being declined

09.58

Zamfara

No election materials have been provided at Damba polling units in Gusau LGA, Zamfara state. The voters are still waiting in queues.

10.03

Abuja

Accreditation  began at exactly nine minuites ago at 9:50 am at Polling Unit 34 Nig 99 Sec, NICON Insurance Wuse, Abuja.

10.04

Adamawa

In the absence of security officials , the accreditation still running peacefully at PU: 002 michika – IDPs PU Yola town, Adamawa state.

10.06

Lagos

At 10am, there is still no sign of INEC officers at the polling units in Agege area.

10.10

Katsina

Its 9:41, and polling officials are just arriving at Karamnawa PU 011 in Bare ward of Bare local government Katsina.

10.11

Abuja

Soldiers are said to have barricaded the Abuja-Kuje road turning back journalists and observers heading to the town. A witness said even European Union observers were blocked at a military checkpoint at Dantata on the way to Kuje. One of the journalists locked said he has information that some ruling party politicians are plotting to rig in the town.

10.18

3 card readers fail to accredit Jonathan

Three voter card readers have failed to read President Goodluck Jonathan’s biometrics and accredit him for voting at the Otazi playground polling centre in his home town, Otueke, Bayelsa State.

Mr. Jonathan arrived Polling Unit 13 at about 9. 20 a.m. He is yet to be accredited at 10 a.m. as three different card readers failed to capture his biometrics.

Patiently waiting for a fourth card reader, a sweating Mr. Jonathan said he was not worried. He said he will wait as the malfunction might just be a little delay.

“President Jonathan is just one person, so if we have problem with one person, as far as the elections is going on well nationally,” he said. “I’m not worried, there might be a delay, my interest s that we conduct a credible election.”

He also said no sacrifice is too much for Nigeria. He encouraged other voters to be patient with INEC in getting their accreditation done.

The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Attahiru Jega, had said that if the card reader fails to capture a voter’s biometrics, the commission’s staff at the polling units will resort to manual accreditation.

10.20

Lagos

The All Progressives Congress , APC, has raised the alarm over suspicious, election-related activities being carried out at the Federal Government Press on Mobil Road, opposite Coca Cola, at Ajegunle, Lagos. In a statement issued in Lagos on Saturday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party said workers at the facility were sent home early on Friday, apparently so it can be made ready for use today (Saturday, March 28th) for a ‘presidency’ assignment.

10.21

EKITI At Iworoko Ekiti, Irepodun Ifelodun LGA, voters are gathered outside waiting for the arrival of INEC officials and materials

10.21

Bauchi

No Polling Unit in Soro, Ganjuwa LG in Bauchi state, has INEC officials as of now.

10.24

Cross River

There  are lots of complaints from many polling units about the card readers not working properly like Ntiero, Calabar, Ward 1, Cross River 16 and PU 006 Ward 9, Calabar where accreditation is still yet to start.

10.24

Oyo

As at 9:53, INEC officials are yet to arrive some polling centres in Ibadan south west local government. No INEC officials sited at Unit 070, ‎71, 72, 62, 80, 81, of Ward 12, Ibadan South West Local Govt. Electorates trooped out en mass to various polling centres and are eagerly waiting for officials. No security operatives are at these centres also. Accreditation has begun in a few polling centres. At unit 045, 046, 047, ‎ward 12 of Ibadan South West Local Govt, voters trooped out en mass and the card readers are working well here. The weather if fine but sunny.

10.26

Rivers State

Peaceful accreditation ongoing at polling unit 001, Omagwa in Rivers State rivers

10.28

Jos

At Latya polling unit, Du ward, Jos South lga, Plateau, there have also been failures of finger print accreditation capture.

10.29

Bauchi

At Makama Sarkin Baki Ward, the Polling Unit 045, 047, 060- Bauchi state there is no military in sight in the center at Rariya primary school.

10.30

Edo

At 9:42am at New Era college, Oredo ward 07, Edo state, no INEC officials and materials were provided.

10.32

Abuja

Accreditation started at a polling unit located at OAU quarters, Wuse 2, at 9.40am. Voters arrived as early as 5.00am. When INEC officials finally showed up, they did not arrive with, instead they came with a register. The INEC official then read out the names on the register before voters were accredited. It appears so many prospective voters were not listed. “We are not aware of this,we do not know why we can’t locate their names on the register. Its not our fault, it’s the fault of INEC,” an INEC official said.

10.34

Nasarawa

In kofar Hausa primary school polling unit 002 and 003 in Keffi local government, accreditation started around 9am. It takes three to five minutes to clear one person.   nass

10.35

Rivers

Voters queuing for accreditation in polling units in Mile One area in Port Harcourt

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10.38

Adamawa

Voters have shown a high level of enthusiasm as many trooped out to the various polling units as early as 6 am and waited for the electoral officers to arrive. Many people trekked long distances to their various polling units following the ban on movement of vehicles. The security situation is also calm as police and military patrol vehicles are seen combing the major streets of the state capital. Also, buses and pickup trucks approved to convey IDP’s were seen busy conveying the displaced persons from Madagali and Michika Local Government areas to their voting centres across the state capital. As at 8:30 am, most polling centers had started accreditation exercise while in some while materials arrived some of the polling units late. Similarly, the card readers in most of the polling units were working smoothly as many accredited voters said they did not encounter problems with the machines while being accredited. Reports from Gaya Lamurde and Sabon Layi in Mubi North local government have indicated that as at the time of filing this report (9:40am) materials were yet to arrive the polling units although it was reported that the exercise was going on smoothly in other parts of the local government. However, reports from Ganye, Numan, Shelleng, Maiha, Girei, Song, Lamurde and Mayo-Yola Local Governments showed that things were going on smoothly except for late arrival of materials in some places.

10.39

Kano

Voters queuing for accreditation in Danwere ward kano kano

10.40

Jos

At Daship2 024-Zawan B-Jos South, Plateau state, only one card reader is being used with no spare batteries.

10.40

Nasarawa

Materials have been distribution across the ten wards of Doma local government area and accreditation started around 9.30am. No incidence of card failure has been reported so far. In Kofar Madaki polling unit of Madaki ward, over 100 people have so far been accredited and so far the exercise has been peaceful.

10.41

Cross-River

Although the Polling officers at Calabar, ward 4, PU 110 arrived at the appropriate time,  faulty card readers delaying  accreditation.

10.43

Lagos

Accreditation has begun at Polling Unit 011 at Arowojobe Street, Oshodi. A check of the accreditation time shows a range of 11 seconds to 1 minute 5 seconds per person. At a nearby polling unit, some voters whose cards couldn’t be read were asked to wait by INEC officials. lagos

10.43

Kano

Long queue at Muhammadu Rabiu polling centre Kano. In Dala local government, accreditation is ongoing. Kano PU

10.44

Taraba

Kofar Wakilin Tasha Jalingo: accreditation started on time and there are no reported cases of card reader failures yet.

10.45

Katsina

Aisha Buhari getting acredited in Daura Aisha Buhari

10.47

Rivers

A voter being verified with a card reader at Ward 12, unit 5, Port Harcourt City Local Government Area. riverrs

10.47

Katsina

The card reader brought by polling officials at Karamnawa unit of Bare ward in Bare local government has failed to read voters at PU 011.

The officials arrived the unit at 9:41am and could only accredit two voters after 45 minutes.

They have gone back to the local government headquarters to get a replacement.

3 INEC PVC card readers fail to accredit Jonathan

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Three voter card readers have failed to read President Goodluck Jonathan’s biometrics and accredit him for voting at the Otazi playground polling centre in his home town, Otueke, Bayelsa State.

Mr. Jonathan arrived Polling Unit 13 at about 9. 20 a.m. He is yet to be accredited at 10 a.m. as three different card readers failed to capture his biometrics.

Patiently waiting for a fourth card reader, a sweating Mr. Jonathan said he was not worried. He said he will wait as the malfunction might just be a little delay.

“President Jonathan is just one person, so if we have problem with one person, as far as the elections is going on well nationally,” he said. “I’m not worried, there might be a delay, my interest s that we conduct a credible election.”

He also said no sacrifice is too much for Nigeria. He encouraged other voters to be patient with INEC in getting their accreditation done.

The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Attahiru Jega, had said that if the card reader fails to capture a voter’s biometrics, the commission’s staff at the polling units will resort to manual accreditation.

Habibu Abdullahi from North bank ward 0017 Makurdi said out of 500 people, only 3 have been accredited

 

Accreditation going on in Daura, katsina State The APC Presidential candidate home town. Photo Sani Maikatanga

Correspondents dispatched to local government areas of Kano say accreditation is  yet to commence in many polling units in Kano metropolis. In many of the polling units in the state metropolis, voters were seen waiting patiently for accreditation to start.

Abuja residents coming into the city centre from Kuje say soldiers blocked the road, stopping people from getting to their polling units, despite being shown permanent voter cards

Maiduguri residents trek long distances for accreditation
From Hamza Idris, Maiduguri

Over 1.8 million people are expected to vote in Borno State even as prospective voters from 16 local govt areas will be carrying out the exercise in Maiduguri, the state capital following their dislodgement from their towns and villages.

Women, especially the displaced appear determined to vote as thousands of them, some with babies clad on their backs were seen on queues.

There are about 16 IDP camps in Maiduguri and a visit to some of them revealed an unprecedented turnout of people.

Accreditation using card readers has already commenced at various centres, even as residents were seen trekking long distances to get to their polling units.

Governor Kashim Shettima was accredited at the Nimeri Korongoso around 9.25am.

 

Correspondent in Port Harcourt says “INEC officials not in many polling units in Okrika as hundreds of voters are waiting endlessly..”

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Empty chairs, tables at Agege polling units

From Nurudeen Oyewole, Lagos

At about 9 am, some of the polling booths ‎visited in Agege Local Government Area of Lagos State were yet to commence accreditation as INEC officials were yet to arrive.

Voters, party agents as well as security operatives were seen waiting for the officials.

This was the case at ‎LAFROGRAMS polling unit in Ifako-Ijaiye, Ward 006 Agege and at Ward 15, Unit C.

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Accreditation on-going at IDP camps in Yobe
From  Hamisu Kabir Matazu, Damaturu

Accreditation of voters has commenced in Damaturu and other parts of Yobe State.

Our correspondent who went round displaced peoples camps observed that voters queued up for screening as early as 6:00am.

Our correspondent gathered that two out of the about 40 card readers deployed at the IDPs camp in Phase 1 recorded hitches but INEC experts are working to rectify them.

One of the IDP voters, Goni Katarko, said he joined the cue as early as 5:40 am

But at Goni Baba unit (012) in Damaturu central, the INEC officials had not arrived at the time of filing this report.

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APC Niger East Senatorial candidate, David Umaru being accredited at Pigry polling unit Minna, Niger state. Photo by Aliyu Hamagam

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Update: Kabir Musa sent this message by SMS: “Baremawa-wade polling unit 009, Kano. Yet to see officials, been on queue for three hours.”Comments(0)

The Plateau State People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship
candidate, Sen. Gyang Pwajok arrives his polling unit at Osumeyinstreet,
Ali Kazaure ward, unit 009. Photo by Lami Sadiq

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There is high turn out of voters in ward 10 unit 4 and 21 Ifako-Ijaye Local Government area of Lagos State, says correspondent

Kayode Ogunwale,
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There is high turn out of voters in ward 10 unit 4 and 21 Ifako-Ijaye Local Government area of Lagos State, says correspondent

Kayode Ogunwale,
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Update: Badru Rafiu at Sauka on Airport road has also updated that accreditation just commenced at the polling unit EU 003Comments(0)

Update: Abba Tijjani in Yelwa ward of Dala Local Government Area in Kano state just sent an update reporting that accreditation has commenced in some of the 24 polling units in the state.

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“Nothing yet at Mai Kanwa 1 & 2,Gusau, Zamfara State @ 8:52 a.m.
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“It is now 8:47am in Shaba Ward, Kaduna North; we are yet to see INEC
officials. (+234803313XXXX)
Time: 28/03/2015 08:48:53

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“In my ward everything is going on normal; I have been accredited at
Bachirawa G/Madugu Zango road in my poll unit 012.”  (+234809907XXXX)

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Accident scene this morning at Alausa round about close to LTV8. No casualties.

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A youth vigilante screening a prospective IDP voter at a camp in
Maiduguri this morning. How internally displaced people will vote has been a big part of this election.

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Card reader not working in Jigawa ward
From Abdullahi Anako, Dutse

Out of the seven polling units at the Karyadanki ward in Kazaure Local Government Area of Jigawa State, only one card reader was working and as at 9;30 even.

It was also gathered that the only card reader that was working could not accredit most of the women present.

One of the polling officers alleged that the card readers were programmed for the February 14 cancelled election, and that they were waiting for further directives.

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Third Bomb Reported in Enugu

by Tony Adibe, Enugu

A third bomb blast has been reported in Enugu.

It occurred at the popular WTC in Enugu metropolis of Enugu North LGA.

Three bombs concealed in a Honda Accord parked close to the polling unit close to WTC centre.

Enugu state Commissioner of Police Dan Bature who confrimed the explosion said his men are working to prevent anymore blasts as the bomb detecting unit have been given marching orders.

He called on voters not to fret, but go about peacefully

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