Lagos – National Assembly elections began in Lagos, Saturday with hitches in the early part of the day.

As of 9 a.m., one hour after it was due to start, accreditation had yet to begin at many polling units at Lagos Island, Festac, Ijegun, Ikotun, Mushin, Somolu, Isolo, Lekki, Epe, Ikorodu and Badagry.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) repors from different parts of Lagos State, said that the biggest challenges INEC was facing were transportation and late arrival of INEC officials and materials.

At Epe, officials were waiting for vehicles to convey them to their polling units.

 Mr Tope Ayelesan, electoral officer for Epe told NAN that “electoral materials arrived late this morning.”

Security personnel were present in many polling units but there were no INEC officials. The INEC office in Epe was well guarded.

The story was the same at the Iyana Ipaja area of the state. Party agents arrived promptly at the polling units but there were no INEC officials.

Mr Jude Okoye, a PDP agent, said that he arrived at the polling unit INEC/LA/03/08/012 and met no official.

NAN correspondents saw some polling officials carrying their ballot boxes and materials on their heads on Ago Palace Way, Okota.

In Badagry, the situation was the same. NAN  reports that as at 9:45 a.m., materials were just being distributed to the electoral officers.

Ikorodu recorded similar problems.

Security was tight as the police, military and para-military personnel were strategically located on the highways and enforced the restriction of movement order.

There was a reasonable turnout of voters in the few polling centres that had started accreditation. At some of the centres, senior citizens were given preferential treatment.

 INEC Corporate Affairs Manager for Lagos, Mr Femi Akinbiyi, told NAN at about 6.45 a.m. that all materials and staff for the election had been deployed to the polling units.


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