By Michael Dibie
Although the much talked about 2015 presidential and Federal house of Assembly has finally come to an end, but senior citizens across Nigeria have complained of late arrival of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials in various states of the federation.
Madam patience and elderly person of about 50 years of age told gidinews that she got her polling centre, Salako street, PU 042, Isheri Magodo around 8am in order to beat the early rush. She said she had to wait for 2 hours at the polling center before INEC officials arrived at the center and commenced accreditation. She said she was determined to cast her vote and as such had to wait to vote before walking back 30 minutes to her house.
Another woman, a nursing mother, Adebisi said she got to her her center quite early and was prepared to wait till INEC officials appear. She noted that the officials arrived around 10.05am but could not commence accreditation because there was no code to operate the card reader brought in by the officials. A party agent from the All Progressive Congress (APC) at the time had to give out numbers to the electorates pending when the officials sort out the problem of the card reader.
At another polling unit at Magodo town Hall, PU 047, officials of INEC arrived around 10.45 and accreditation commenced by 11am, first with all the elderly at the center. The APC and PDP agents at the center helped to conduct the 925 registered voters in an orderly manner and according to one of the agent, the card reader functioned effectively.
At Unilag estate, Magodo, PU 051, INEC officials arrived about 11am and accreditation of about 200 registered voters commenced around 12noon. According to a PDP agent at the center, Eyitayo Ayinde, 3 card readers were allocated to the center but only 2 were working, this he said slowed down the process in the center.
At Adebiyi street which seems to have the largest voters in the community, with PU 044, old, young men and women trooped out in large numbers as early as 8am with the hope to cast their votes but had to wait for the whole day for INEC officials who never arrived. However the officials arrived at the center the following day complaining of faulty card reader.