Just In: Ballot snatching, low turnout mar Imo re-run
Joseph Omotayo|March. 23, 2019
The supplementary election in some parts of Imo state has been marked with high level of low turnout, late arrival of voting materials, ballot box snatching and other forms of electoral violence.
It was gathered that the elections that were meant to hold in five local government areas of Ngor-Okpala, Ikeduru, Oguta, Isu and Orlu, did not start until 11am, The Nation reports.
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In some of the polling units in Ikeduru, it was reported that electoral officers were waiting for the voters and party agents so they could begin election.
It was also reported that there were cases of ballot box snatching in Eziama Ikeduru and Alulu in Ngor-Okpala local council area.
The journalists, who were in the area to monitor the poll, were chased out of the place by the hoodlums, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
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Trouble began when some of the newsmen tried to interview some voters who were denied access into the classrooms where some of the polling units were stationed. While trying to flee the troubled area, some of the journalists fell on ground and one of them (name withheld), had to take refuge in a nearby Mosque in order to save his life.
It was also gathered that some of the reporters had their clothes torn by the thugs.
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