Low Turnout,Late Arrival Of Electoral Materials, Intimidation Mare Election In Lagos State

Voters at polling unit 108 Benster A Crescent Monkey Village, Mazamaza, in Amuwo Odofin LGA. This polling unit had over 250 voters during the Presidential election on February 25

Amuwo Odofin LGA

Meanwhile, officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission , INEC , were not seen at Polling Units in Amuwo Odofin LGA until from around noon.

Following their late arrival, youths and children turned open spaces in Monkey Village , as well as other areas in Maza-Maza, Amuwo Odofin Local Government of Lagos State, into football pitches.

Some of the electorate playing football when INEC did not show up for them to exercise their franchise

Some of the people playing football reported at their polling units very early, but after waiting in vain for so long for INEC officials ,joined others to while away time.

In some of the polling units such as Benster A 108,Benster B 109, Alabun Osunba 1, Alahun Osumba 11 and F-Show that is dominated by people from the northern part of the country, the electorate mounted canopies , while awaiting the eventual arrival of INEC officials.

They had also written down their names according to how they came, to ensure orderliness.

Agents of some parties were the ones that mobilized to bring electoral materials ,after it was reported that INEC officials might not come due to lack of logistics.

We gathered that INEC officials also came very late to the areas mentioned , and indeed most parts of Amuwo Odofin during the February 25th Presidential election.

At some of the polling units,the officials came at past one in the afternoon, and by around 5 pm ,were itching to leave.

Epe Situation Report

Soldiers at Epe Boundary refused the Press, Election Observers and others to gain access into Epe Township.

With all forms of identifications presented at the point of entry, the soldiers insisted that restrictions on vehicular movement does not exempt essential workers, including Journalists.

All efforts to convince them on the importance of the role of the media during election process fell on their deaf hears.

All the soldiers and other security operatives deployed to the Island up to Ibeju Lekki area of Lagos gave the access to pass through the road blocks but it was so surprising that those deployed at Epe Boundary are acting like demigods.

It should also be noted that they became very aggressive the moment they site one’s Press Identity card.

                  Update from Mushin

There was an orderliness and peaceful atmosphere in Mushin area of the state as INEC officials arrived at most of the polling units earlier than expected by electorates.

In areas visited by our correspondent, there was high level of compliance among the people as streets were deserted and the electorate were at polling units as early as 8am.

INEC officials and voting materials got to many polling booths as at 8am.

Electorate were seen lined up in a peaceful manner to exercise their franchise.

Voters were accredited at 8:30 a.m without any hindrance with the presence of security agencies, political parties agents and INEC officials.

Ikoyi Situation

Poll opened around 8am at polling units 01, 02, 03, 04, 039 and, 040 in Ijeh and units 10, 12 Obalende road as well as units 27 in Ojo street and unit 15 Dodan barracks, all in Ikoyi Obalende LCDA.

The Presiding officers and other ad- hoc staff pasted the list of voters for accreditation and voting.

The Presiding officers addressed voters before commencing the process, calling for orderliness and violence free exercise.

Electorate organised themselves in a coordinated manner to exercise their franchise.

Meanwhile, party agents and security personnel are attacking Journalists with camera phones at Unit 10 and 12 not to snap with it.


Distribution of sensitive materials started early at Enitan primary school, Aguda Surulere Lagos where the INEC staffs were on ground.

There has been heavy presence of soldiers and police men at the Aguda Market junction which connected the Enitan primary school.

Accreditation of voters /voting started as early as 8.30am in most polling units visited including 026, 016, 017, 040, 041, 044,051, in Aguda, Surulere area of Lagos state.

Voters are calm and peacefully exercising their franchise while the turn out is quite impressive.

Ibeju Lekki

Peaceful atmosphere has been witnessed at ibeju Lekki as the INEC officials arrived to most of the polling units in some areas such as eleko, Orimedu and some area along Dangote refinary road early in order to ensure smooth conduct of the Governorship and State House of Assembly Elections.

The security operatives were spotted at their designated duty post.

Oshodi situation

Poll opened in some polling units across Oshodi Isolo Local Government Area of the state.

Residents trooped out in their numbers to exercise their franchise.

At the moment, the atmosphere is peaceful as security agents are stationed in strategic areas to maintain law and order.

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