#NigeriaDecides2019: Voters Disrupt Poll Over Disqualification In Ondo
The peaceful process that rather started at the late hour of the day in unit 4 Oorun ward 1, Ikare Akoko, Ondo state appeared to head for a brickwall as some voters were allegedly denied their rights.
The voters who claimed to be protesting against their disqualification on the basis of arriving late to the populated polling unit, threatened to set the ballot boxes ablaze if nothing is done to their matter.
According to them, the late commencement of the exercise in the unit accounted for reason why many of them did not get to the centre at an expected time.
"As at 11:30 am, no INEC official was on sight. People who came as early as 7am had to wait hopelessly and later returned home out of frustration.
"Do you now expect those people to jump up and start running back when they heard that the officials have finally come? People were already discouraged by the development and I don't think this is the best way to treat them." Said one of the voters.
"I was disqualified because I didn't come on time. I came here around 9am and I was told the INEC officials were not around so I decided to go back and attend to something else and only for me to return and get disqualified that time has gone." Said Kikelomo Olabode.
The Ondo state Chairman of African Democratic Congress, Bisi Orungbemi who is also a voter in the unit noted that there is need to divide the unit into at least three centres because of overpopulation of voters.
"INEC officials resumed very late. The process employed by the officers was very slow and that is why there is delay in the entire process."
Despite the extension of voting time till 3:30pm, several voters were still agitating to cast their ballot.
When the process was finally declared closed by the officials, hell broke loose and the yet-to-vote voters were said to be threatening to truncate the entire process.
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