By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRI – Contrary to promises made by the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commissione, INEC, Professor Mahmoud Yakubu, materials were yet to arrive polling centres at 9.25am.

A staff member of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) carries a box of ballot papers at a local office of INEC in Port Harcourt, southern Nigeria, on February 22, 2019, a day before postponed voting day. ( AFP)

At Emmanuel College, out of 81 ballot boxes, only 22 boxes were seen at the place, when Vanguard arrived.

Party agents were insistent that the remaining boxes must be provided before the remnants are deployed.

Speaking to Vanguard, Mr. Murphy Emeto, described the situation as “most unfortunate and reprehensible”.

“How can INEC do this in Owerri? If this can happen in the municipality, only God knows what will happen in the rural communities. Voting is scheduled to stop at 2pm and I have a strong fear that many people will be disenfranchised”, Emeto fumed.
Vanguard saw some personnel of the Department of State Security, police and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, on ground.

The story was the same at Villa Maria, Township School, St. Paul’s Primary School and other voting centres visited by Vanguard.

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