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Counting commences at Garki Polling Units

Voting has ended in many Polling Units within the Garki metropolis of the Federal Capital Territory, giving way to sorting and counting of votes.

Correspondents who visited some of the Polling Units in the areas that make of Garki report that as at 2.30 p.m, the electoral officers were seen sorting the votes for counting.

At the Area 2 National Library, the NYSC members were seen trying to sort out the boxes while many of the voters who stayed insisting they must see the exercise done before leaving the area.

Security operatives were seen maintaining law and order by controlling the crowd.

At the Recreational Park, also Area 2, voting was concluded under the watchful eyes of the voters.

At the Polling Unit 1 and 2, close to the shopping centre, counting of votes had also commenced while voters gathered to listen counting and party agents looked closely saying they did not want to be shortchanged.

At Area 3, Polling Unit 012 and 013, Garki counting has commenced while at Akpajenya Apo Polling Unit 019,the same development became apparent, keenly watched by voters.

The same development came up at Apo secondary polling unit 020,and Garki 2 Polling Unit 001B, where counting was in progress.

Vote count commences at Otuoke, Bayelsa

Otuoke (Bayelsa) Sorting and counting of votes have commenced at Otuoke Otazi play ground and other units in Ward 13 in Ogbia Local Government Area of Baylsa after voting ended by 3.00 p.m.

Ward 13, comprises five communities: Otuoke, Otuaba, Ewoi, Otuabula 1 and Otiabula 2.

Mr Godfrey Amozi, INEC Supervisor told journalists in Otuoke on Saturday that people were no longer coming as at 3.00p.m which made voting to be closed and sorting of votes commenced.

NAN reports that counting commenced at exactly 3.45 p.m at Otuoke/Otuaba communities respectively.

Party agents were seen monitoring sorting and counting of the votes by Collation Officers in various units of Otuoke.

Collation, counting of votes commence Enugu

Some party agents in Enugu South Local Government Area have expressed satisfaction with the voting exercise as collation and counting of votes commenced after voting.

Trained staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are blocked from work as their names are missing in the list at a Regional Area Centre ten minutes before scheduled opening voting time for the Presidential and General election in Port Harcourt, southern Nigeria, on February 23, 2019. – Nigerians began voting for a new president on February 23, after a week-long delay that has raised political tempers, sparked conspiracy claims and stoked fears of violence. Some 120,000 polling stations began opening from 0700 GMT, although there were indications of a delay in the delivery of some materials and deployment of staff, AFP reporters said. (Photo by Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP)

An agent of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the area, Mrs Eucharia Aja, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday, said the exercise was peaceful.

“The exercise started at about 10.06am and ended by 2.15pm in my ward 13, polling unit,’’ she said.

Another agent of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), Mr Chukwunonso Ebiem, said that the process was orderly and peaceful.

An Observer from the Transition Monitoring Group, Mr Osita Oji, commended the peaceful, free and fair conduct of the poll.

“Everything went well, except for the card reader machines that could not capture most people’s thumb print at the beginning of the exercise.

“I hope that by the next election of March, 9, INEC will be able to sort the problem of malfunctioning card readers, late arrival of materials and other challenges identified in this election,” he said.

In Anambra, at Eri Primary School, Ward 1, in Otuocha in Anambra East LG, voting ended by 4pm and collation commenced immediately.

The PDP agent, Mr Emma Nweke-PDP, Mr Chuks Kwazu- APC, and Mr Emma Okika of APGA accepted the result as a reflection of what happened.

The polling unit presiding officer, Ogochukwu Ezekwu said the exercise was conducted peacefully with full presence of security agents. (NAN)

Wild jubilation as Atiku loses own polling unit to Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has defeated the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party at his polling unit.

Atiku and Buhari

Wild jubilation broke out following the announcement that Mr Buhari scored 186 votes to defeat Mr Abubakar.

Mr Abubakar’s loyalists were quick to play up the figure as a remarkable showing for their candidate, despite its closeness, saying the unit has been historically won by Mr Buhari, who has stood in every presidential election since 2003.

The results from Mr Abubakar’s polling unit are amongst some of the early returns trickling in from across the country in today’s presidential and federal parliamentary elections.

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