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FCT Polls: council face early glitches in Kabusa area

  Insufficient vehicles to convey ad hoc workers and lack of coordination are among challenges being faced by officials in the FCT area council elections…

 

Insufficient vehicles to convey ad hoc workers and lack of coordination are among challenges being faced by officials in the FCT area council elections in Kabusa area of, Abuja Municipal Area Council.

Our roving reporter observed that none of the polling unit visited had started the election process by 8am as directed by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

At a polling unit in Kabusa Primary School, ad hoc workers were seen setting up their equipment.

Also residents flout the movement restriction as vehicles and motor cyclists were making brisk businesses.

Many ad hoc workers were stranded due to insufficient vehicles to convey them to their polling units.

Some of the workers that have already been allotted vehicles are delayed due to logistics problems.

As at 7:48am vehicles and ad hoc workers going to Takushara, Burum, Lugbe, Sunny vale had not left the distribution centre.

A member of the National Union of Road Transport Workers coordinating the vehicles, Emeka Leweka said of the 20 vehicles scheduled to the ward, 18 were available.

However, as at 7:45am only five vehicles had left the centre.

He could not give reasons for the delay while the INEC officer in the centre was not available for comments.

Meanwhile voters are optimistic that things will be ‘done differently,’ during the polls.

Donatus Asogwa got to the polling unit at 7:00am and said the simultaneous accreditation and voting will make the process more credible.

Chika Okore, another voter said people can vote once for all and come later in the evening to monitor the sorting and counting unlike the last election.

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