Sorting, counting of ballot papers begin in Enugu

Election ballot papers

Sorting and counting of votes have started in some polling units across Enugu State, South-East Nigeria, following the conduct of the governorship and state assembly elections in the state.

Voting in some wards and polling units, including Mbulujodo East Ward 19 in the state ended by 2:30pm.

The Supervisory Presiding Officer of the ward, Mr Atere Olawale, said that the exercise was peaceful in the polling centres in the area.

Olawale said that the exercise was a massive improvement from the conduct of the presidential and National Assembly elections in the area.

“We have sorted and counted votes and are at the verge of publishing the results. The results in the polling units in Akpugo Town Hall 1 and others are ready,” Olawale said.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Works, Mr Greg Nnaji has commended the ad hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for their professional conduct during the exercise.

Nnaji said that the ad hoc staff arrived the area by 7:30 a.m and waited for voters to show up.  He however noted that the turnout of voters in the area was average.

“I was among the first set of voters that arrived here. The voters conducted themselves in an orderly manner.

“This election was better organized than previous ones. The INEC staff were guided by the principles of the electoral process and we are confident that the mandate of the people will be upheld.”

According to result the presiding officer released for the governorship election in Akpugo Town Hall, polling units 001, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) polled 81 votes, while the All Progressives Congress (APC) scored nil.

The number of registered voters in the polling units was 575 while 81 voters were accredited.

Amaka E. Nliam