Enugu council polls peaceful, orderly




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By NAN

The local government election held in State on Saturday peaceful and orderly but witnessed low turnout of in many polling stations, the News Agency of (NAN) reports.
NAN correspondents who monitored the elections across the state that few came out to cast their votes in some areas while others witnessed large turnout of .
At Amechi ward in South Local Government Area, Abakpa Nike in East and Agbani in Nkanu West, many , women, cast their votes in an orderly manner.
It , however, a different situation in Awgu, , Udi, Oji River and Nsukka local government areas which witnessed very few voters while many went about their normal businesses.
NAN also reports that security agents, including the police and civil defence, were at the polling booths to ensure orderliness.
Speaking with journalists after casting at Udi, Gov. Sullivan Chime attributed the seeming apathy to the fact that most candidates were unopposed.
According to Chime, all the 17 chairmanship candidates were unopposed while very few wards like Eke in Udi have candidates contesting for the councillorship positions.
Chime explained that those who cast their votes did so to confirm the acceptability of the unopposed candidates.
“What we have here is a `Yes or No’ voting to show that the accepted or rejected the unopposed candidate. This is in accordance with the law establishing the Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission,’’ he said.
An electoral officer in Udi/Agbudu ward, Mr Ernest Chime, said there no election for unopposed councillorship candidates because they were automatically elected in line with the ENSIEC law.
Some of the voters and election observers in separate interviews expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the elections but regretted the low turnout of the electorate.
Mr Emmanuel Nnaji, a voter, told NAN that sensitive materials for the election arrived late but commended its peaceful conduct.
The Secretary of the Youth and Media Network, an Enugu-based NGO, Mr Chuks Udeh, also regretted the non participation of the opposition in the elections.
A woman leader, Dr Ngozi Agu, who also expressed dissatisfaction with the low turnout of voters, commended the women for their participation.
NAN reports that the biennial election was the fourth the administration of Chime since he assumed office in 2007.