By Tony Edike
Pandemonium broke out Saturday at Agbamere, Ehalumona in Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu state where gunmen struck and kidnapped a female voter, Onyinye Ugwoke, as she waited to cast her vote in a polling station in the area.
The incident which happened a few metres away from the primary school in the community where the victim was to cast her vote made voters run for safety while some abandoned the polling booths in the area.
Apart from the incident, the presidential election in the state was nearly marred by low turn out of voters especially in Oji-river, Awgu, Udi, Ezeagu which prompted chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to engage the services of town criers to encourage people to come out and vote for their preferred candidate.
Election materials however arrived most polling units in the State early and accreditation started promptly by 8 am as voters arrived polling units before the official time.
Notable leaders of the state including former Senate president, Ken Nnamani, former Governor of old Anambra State, Chief Jim Nwobodo, Governor Sullivan Chime, Chief Anayo Onwuegbu, Val Nnaedozie, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, Senator Hyde Onuaguluchi all took part in the exercise in their respective wards commending INEC for the manner the exercise was conducted which they said was a clear indication that the nation’s democracy was on course.
Reporters who visited the scene of the kidnap at Ehalumona at about 1.30pm, met a team of police officers from the Urban Police Station, Nsukka, who were already investigating the incident.