The capturing machine at Prof Charles Chukwuma Soludo’s Polling Unit/Ward, PU 002, Ward 13, Isuofia, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State, is not working at the moment.
There are close to 200 people waiting since 7am and as of the time of report, nobody has been accredited, hence voting is yet to commence. There is no police presence too.
Soludo is the flagbearer of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the Anambra 2021 governorship election.
Eighteen political parties and candidates are in the Anambra governorship race and voting is expected to take place across more than 5,000 polling units spread across the 21 local governments of the state.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said ahead of the election that there are 2.5 million registered voters and 5,720 polling units in the state but there will be no voting in 86 of them because there are no registered voters there.
Also, there has been little or no security presence at polling units under Njikoka and Akwa North local government areas due to the unavailability of operational vehicles.
This is despite the fears surrounding the conduct of the governorship election in Anambra on Saturday.
The lack of sufficient vehicles has since caused a delay in the deployment of security personnel with many units in the area opening polls without security officials.
The stranded security personnel scampered to enter the few vehicles available.
Amid the confusion, some could be seen shouting at each other as they struggled to get to their assigned units.
On why there was no proper arrangement for conveying the security officials, an official said the question should be referred to the state Commissioner of Police or the police spokesperson.