The Independent National Electoral Commission has postponed elections in 10 polling units in Lagos State. The polling units are in Victoria Garden City, Lekki. INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Lagos, Seun Agbaje, announced this while addressing reporters today.
The election is postponed because members of the National Youth Service Corps who were assigned to the area were hesitant to go. Furthermore, they allege that they were held hostage in the February 25 elections. Agbaje noted that the ad hoc staff set up polling booths in front of the estate.Residents of the estate were skeptical owing to their fear of hoodlums’ invasion and disruption of the process. Hence, they did not come out to cast their votes.
Additionally, he said the situation was beyond the security personnel on ground. So he had to visit the area with his team.
Subsequently, there are eight polling units in that area with 6,024 registered voters, out of which 5,624 people have their PVCs. Two other polling units at the estate gate were also affected. Agbaje had to consult the national headquarters. He stated that he had received orders to remobilize tomorrow, which is Sunday. Therefore, the rescheduled elections will begin at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow.
Finally, Agbaje promised security to the voters. He has gotten assurance from the chairman of the security committee in the estate. Both staff and voters will be safe at the polling units tomorrow.
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