Monday, February 6

Imo Bye-election: Voting begins in Ngor-Okpala

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Voting has begun in various polling units at Ngor-Okpala Local Council Area of Imo for the vacant State constituency seat of the area.

Officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) arrived on a good time with sensitive and nonsensitive materials as voting began by 8.30 am.

Some of the places The Nation visited include Logara/Umuohiagu ward where voting already began at Ndiuhu Umuokoada Logara village square (PU 002), Primary School, Umuorisha Umuohiagu (PU 008) and Umuchoko junction, Umuohiagu (PU 012).

Other polling units visited in the ward are Umuohiagu town hall (PU 011) and Umuoro village square, Umuohiagu (PU 007).

Also, voting has begun in the following polling units at Ohelekem Nnorie ward: Central School Nnorie (PU 004), Umuedi Nnorie hall (PU 008) and Ekeukwu Nnorie market square (PU 006).

In Umuhu ward, voting has begun at Umueme Village Hall (PU 005), Umuota village hall (PU 003) and Union Primary School, Egbelu (PU 001).

Also, there was a noticeable presence of security operatives at the voting points although they were not armed.

Appraising the process, a community leader and local observer, Athan Agbakwuru, commended INEC for arriving on time and expressed confidence that the process would be hitch-free.

Imo House of Assembly declared the Ngor-Okpala State constituency seat vacant following allegations of non-performance of legislative duties leveled against an erstwhile occupant of the seat, Tochi Okereke.

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