By Tony Edike
AGULERI – Over 1,000 eligible voters affected by last year’s flood that ravaged the riverine communities of Anambra State could not be accredited at many polling booths as they lost their voter’s cards to the flood disaster.
Many voters seen within the polling booth number 006 and 007 complained about the loss of their cards.
Mostly affected are Anambra East and Ogbaru Local Government Area. The affected voters who came out to exercise their franchise could not be allowed although their names , photographs and phone numbers were found in the voters’ register.
The disenfranchised voters made the complaint when the traditional ruler of Aguleri, Igwe Christopher Idigo arrived the voting unit for accreditation.
Worried by the complaint, Igwe Idigo and some members of his cabinet, immediately sought for a solution. He alerted INEC Supervisory Officer, who gave her name as Miss Chinenye Okonkwo to intervene.
She immediately summoned all the Polling Agents of the governorship candidates who all agreed that many voters in the area would be disenfranchised if not allowed to vote.
They, however, agreed that those whose names and photographs appeared on the voters’ register should be identified and allowed to vote.
The affected went into jubilation as soon as the decision was reached while singing praises of their monarch and the wise decision of the INEC officer for ensuing that they were not disenfranchised.