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Presidential polls witness early accreditation of voters

Abuja – Voters across the country turned out in large numbers on Saturday to participate in the presidential election, as accreditation began in most centres at 8 a.m.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)  report that President Goodluck Jonathan was accredited in his home Otuoke in Bayelsa at 8.45 a.m.

The CPC Presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, was accredited  about 10.30 p.m. in his home town Daura in Katsina.

In the FCT, the turnout of the voters was impressive in Garki and Wuse; more than what was recorded in the National Assembly elections.

Mr Robert Akpenpuun, INEC Presiding Officer in FCT, said that the commission expected the huge turnout and made adequqate preparation to contain all the challenges.

Election materials were distributed to INEC staff within the Kuje Area Council of FCT at 7.25 a.m. for all the polling centres.

According to Mr Ahmed Idris, INEC Electoral Officer in the council, the necessary election materials were dispatched on time.

`All the materials needed for the presidential elections, both sensitive and non-sensitive were made available to our officials to enhance accreditations at the polling centres.

 Security officials were present, especially at the entrance of the city.

In Kwali and its environs, soldiers mounted check points on the high way to enforce restriction of movement order.

The men of the NCSDC, the FRSC and other security agencies maintained order at polling centres. 

In Delta, voters started queuing up at polling centres in Asaba and its environs some minutes to 8 a.m. for accreditation.

At the Uzoigwe Primary School in Asaba, one of the most populated centres in the state capital eligible voters thronged the 11 polling units and accreditation began at 8 a.m.

In Port Harcourt, Rivers, accreditation began 8 a.m. in units within Diobu, D-Line, and the Port Harcourt Town Hall in Port Harcourt City Council.

NAN observed that there was orderly conduct of voters amid massive security.

In Afuze, Edo, unlike what was experienced last Saturday, distribution of materials to the various unit started as early as 6 a.m.


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