Supplementary election: Voter apathy in Imo

supplementary House of Assembly election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission in Imo .

Reports gather that there was low turnout of voters in the five affected Local Government Areas of the state on Saturday .

The March 9 elections in the affected LGAs which included Ngor – Okpala, Isu , Orlu, Oguta and Ikeduru were declared inconclusive by INEC as a result of irregularities .

Also reports that the exercise was largely peaceful in the 179 affected polling units with materials arriving on time and accreditation beginning at 8 . 30 a . m .

Some eligible voters who spoke to our repoters on ground , however, cited indifference among other things as the reason for their lack of interest in the process .

Mr Paulinus Ndubuisi, a tailor said : “I lost interest after the last election because I cannot continue devoting all my weekends to elections. ”

Another voter , Mrs Ihuoma Opara, a mother of three , blamed her indifference on INEC , saying that the election had been postponed several times and she had three children to cater for.

An INEC official who pleaded anonymity , however, called on the electorate to eschew all forms of apathy, noting that “ this is one avenue by which we demonstrate our patriotism, as Nigeria is the only country we can call our own . ”

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