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Low voter turn-out mars Rivers East senatorial re-run election

By JIMITOTA ONOYUME

PORT HARCOURT – THERE was restriction of movement in Port Harcourt and seven other local government areas in Rivers State, yesterday, because of the re-run election in Rivers East Senatorial district.The election was marred by voters’ apathy and low turnout.

Some electorate told Vanguard that they were reluctant to go out to vote because they were angry with the sudden removal of subsidy on petrol.

One of them said: “Why should we go and vote? So that they will remove subsidy again? Please leave us alone. Let me reserve my energy for the trekking. I will go to my work place tomorrow.”

Few voters, who turned out,  after accreditation left their voting units to attend to other issues at home but later came back to vote.  Policemen were very visible on major roads. An armoured personnel career, APC and a police patrol van were mounted by the police in front of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC’s office in Port Harcourt.

It will be recalled that the Appeal Court in Port Harcourt, recently nullified the election of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate, Senator George Sekibo based on a petition by Mr. Chidi Atata of Action Alliance Party, AAP, challenging the omission of his party’s name and logo on the ballot paper.

The Appeal Court in its ruling also ordered that the re-run election be conducted within 90 days.


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