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The election is here. Today the people of Anambra choose who will govern the state for the next four years.

At least 37 candidates including Governor Willie Obiano of the All Progressives Grand Alliance ( APGA ) are taking part in the election.

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12.40pm: People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate Henry Oseloka Obaze is yet to vote as the time of filing this report by 12.40pm.

Several journalists who have been waiting for him at his unit in Ochuche Omudodu Central School are beginning to wonder if he will vote.

However, with voting not ending until 2pm, they have no choice than to wait till voting officially ends.

Feelers from other senatorial districts indicate that most of the 37 candidates of the other parties have voted.

11: 31: Voting have started according to schedule across most polling stations in the Anambra state,  irrespective of threat by proscribed separatist group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Turnout at the various polling units visited by The Nation, was impressive contrary to anticipated low turnout.
At Ofianta polling unit 11 in Anambra East Local Government Area,  where the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC),  Dr. Tony Nwoye, accreditation and voting commenced at about 9.27 am,  as against the 8 o’clock takeoff time fixed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
11:30am: More voters are turning out in Unit 14 in Ogbaro where People Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate Oseloka Obaze expected to vote.

An All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) agent Enebeli Augustine said the process has been peaceful.

“I have not seen anyone harassed or intimidated,” he said at about 11am.

11:02am: An elderly man has just been arrested at the Community Primary School Amawbia, sharing money to prospective voters from Ghana must go sack. INEC commissioner Chief Solomon Soyebi who witnessed the incident said he will be dealt with.
Soyebi agreed that the process started slowly but that it has picked up.

10:40am: Voters lined up in ward 8 to cast their votes

10:32: Line up of voters at Aguleri

At a polling unit at Aroma roundabout in Awka. The process is taking off slowly. At 8.20am, they are setting the stage for the election. Few prospective voters standing, waiting for the exercise to kick off.

10:30am: Contrary to expectations, the process has been peaceful so far in the the Awka area. People were initially not the eager to come out and vote., due to fear of violence. The process started late in some polling units, but generally it us proceeding smoothly and peacefully as at 10 30am, but with usual problem of card reader failures. There was a slight commotion at one of the units at Community Primary School, Arabia when electoral officials refused to provide incident forms for people who experienced card reader failures. They said they were waiting for their supervisor to give the go ahead. As a result, people queuing up to vote revolted, because the queue stopped moving.

10:00am: Anambra State governor, Willie Obiano just voted, he said PVC worked but had a glitch with finger print recognition.



9:45am: officials yet to arrive at PU:04/19/05/006 (Obu Okofia, Awa Ward, Orumba North)

9:40am: At Ilodibe Awada Onitsha North LGA Ward 9 PU 003, no INEC officials, no security officers.

9:35:  Amawbia 2, Unit 1. Accreditation and voting ongoing peacefully and orderly.


9:30am: INEC officials just drove inAnambra

9:28am Ward 2 Udeozor Primary School, Awka South INEC officials are setting up

anambraUpdate: Voting is yet to start at different polling units visited so far in the capital. At another polling unit near the Secretarial junction at Aroma, the officials are huddled together, fiddling with the card reader. The polling unit is filled with policemen, election monitors and reporters, with only three prospective voters waiting.

8:02am INEC officials ready at Mbosi WARD Ihiala, Polling unit -P S/S 1 009. Polling Officer addressing the scanty crowd to start voting now.

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