By Dickson Blessing
Abia State has concluded voting in several local Governments in the gubernatorial re-run elextion except in Umunneochi Local Government Area.
Accreditation and voting did not take place at Umunneochi Local Government Area because the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) erroneously scheduled election there, which was not supposed to take place in the first instance because the Form, EC40G, was not filled which indicated that there was no problem in the area.
Most places especially in Aba the commercial city, had massive turnouts and the voters expressed enthusiasm to cast their votes while the party agents commended the peaceful conduct of the election. In some areas, however, the turnout was low.
Reports from Channel Television confirmed that the supplementary governorship election in Abia State took place under peaceful and calm atmosphere.
The security officials were deployed in numbers to checkmate any lapses while vehicular movement were partially restricted at places that election was scheduled to take place.
At Ubakala, voting ended by 3:00pm. The electorates and party agents were hanging around for the votes to be counted while the unused ballots were cancelled by the INEC ad-hoc staff to avoid being tampered with.
Moreso, voters and residents also waited at the polling units to ensure that the votes are counted in their presence.
The electoral officials in the state are already sorting and counting votes cast in Ugwunagbo, Osisioma, Aba North and Aba South polling units.
The results are expected in the next twenty four hours.