#AnambraDecides: Late Start In Awbu, Oko, Others
It is Saturday, November 18, a day that most Anambra residents have been waiting for to decide who will govern them for the next four years.
Arrangements have been made, with the electoral body, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), promising to commence election as early as 8:00 a.m.
But by 8:00 a.m. local time on Saturday, the situation is different.
Anyone moving around some communities will only wonder if he had woken up on a different day or may be a day after the election had happened.
From Awka to Nibo down to Awbu and then to Oko, it was like nothing was happening.
The streets were empty and there were no polling boots in sight with people gathering.
No Battle After All
Electoral officials are nowhere to be found and the wonder of what could be the reason for the late start after all the promises is all the heart can imagine.
Orumba and Umuchu was not left out of this circumstance that has greeted an election that has been tagged 'Ultimate Battle'.
In Umueze community in Orumba, residents are going about their business, with low restriction of movement.
It appears no battle is happening after all.
In these communities, no election official was present yet.
Igwebiki Civic Centre in Amanasa Umuchi is like a grave yard on a day of an election that had been greeted with enthusiasm. No officials of the electoral body or even materials are in sight.
Could it be the burden of 'African Time' as usual or there is something more to it.
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It is the polling unit for the candidate of the PPA, Godwin Ezeimo, and his supporters are already accusing the INEC of bias.
They are demanding that voting should be extended to 2:00 p.m. local time.
No officials of the INEC is available to give reason for the late start.
Security also seems to be low in some areas by few minutes after 8:00 a.m., as no official was in sight, leaving one to wonder where the 26,000 security officials deployed to the state are.
"We have driven for about 30 minutes now and gone through three communities not a single police check point was seen," Bounce News' correspondent monitoring the election said.