INEC Made My Legs Suffer In Wait, 82-Year-Old Woman Laments
Sometimes one cannot but wonder if old persons are considered when it comes to this African Time syndrome.
Mrs Ogechi Onwudinjo is an electorate in Anambra State and she had come out to exercise her franchise in the governorship election, but her experience is not one she will want to go through again.
Friday, November 17, was full of assurances by the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC).
The body claimed everything was ready, but their readiness was tried a day later and 82-year-old Onwudinjo was one of the many who paid for their apparent lack of preparedness.
The Octogenerian said the late arrival of INEC officials with materials at her polling unit was not a thing that should happen at this age.
She wondered why it is difficult for INEC to adhere to time and make good assurances it gave earlier.
Onwudinjo told the News Agency of Nigeria at her Ahocol Phase 1 Polling Unit in Awka South Local Government Area on Saturday, that she was disappointed that voting could not start at 8 a.m. as earlier announced by INEC.
Regrets were written on her face, as she explained how painful it was for her to wait.
She had come early to vote at the polling unit because of her fragile health, but was disappointed that as at 8.45 a.m, the electoral officials were yet to commence accreditation and voting.
“My anticipation was to come and vote and return home because I am not very strong, yet the INEC people are yet to start work.
“My feeling is that INEC should always stick to the time they announce for election because most elderly people no longer have the energy to move out of the homes and do things themselves without being assisted,’’ said Onwudinjo, who was assisted to the polling unit by another woman, who identified herself as the daughter in-law.
Bounce News' correspondent monitoring the election had visited several polling boots and reported late arrival of officials of the electoral body.