2023 Presidential/NASS Polls: Voters stranded in Warri South, No INEC Officials, No Materials


By Anastacia Eluwa, Asaba

Electoral materials meant for Warri South Local Government Area of Delta state, were yet to leave INEC office as at 1:pm at Esisi road where sorting and distribution of sensitive materials is taking place.

Many voters within Warri South are disappointed that no INEC official including the ad-hoc staff are on ground to attend to the eligible voters who have besieged the various polling units in the area.

“No material yet at Ubeji, Egbokodo Itsekiri, Ifie and Ajaetan communities in Warri South.

“People are frustrated over the non-arrival of INEC officials and materials as at 12.30pm today”, one voter said.

INEC Electoral Officer in Warri, Delta State, Mr. Kingsley Ogboe had earlier told journalists the delay in sorting and distribution in the council area, was stemmed from late arrival of political parties agents for each polling units.

He said that sorting started since 5:30am but polling units agents came late in the morning hence the delay to dispatch the materials out.

Ogboe noted that Warri South is large, one reason distribution is taking time, he added.

As at 1:30 pm, most materials were leaving the INEC office for the polling units and were being escorted by mobile policemen deployed for the elections.

Similarly, at Obiaruku in Ukwuani Local Government Area of the state, electoral materials arrived the polling units at about 12 noon, making the eligible voters to stay for long hours before the commencement of voting in the area.

Speaking on the development, the State Commissioner for Finance, and party Chieftain in the area, Sir Tilije Okenmuor frowned that eligible voters were stressed for long hours before the arrival of the electoral materials.

According to Okenmuor, all sensitive materials came to the LG Council as early as a day before the election, but I did not know the cause of the delay.

“It is painful the materials arrived late, since it should have come around 8 am. Voters came out enmasse very early. This is the first time people in my area came massively to vote.

Okenmuor however expressed the hope that PDP would win the election.