- INEC has released more updates on the state of accreditation and voting across states in the country
- The electoral umpire's commissioner, Festus Okoye, said Kastina, Kebbi, Osun states had 100% rate in opening of polling units between 8am and 12 noon
- Other states, according to Okoye, with 100% rate in opening of polling units include Ondo and Ekiti
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that five states successfully opened their polling units between 8am and 12 noon on Saturday, February 23, for presidential and National Assembly elections.
Speaking at a press conference in Abuja, the national commissioner in charge of information and voters' education, Festus Okoye, said Kastina, Kebbi, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti states had 100% rate in opening of polling units between 8am and 12 noon.
According to a report released to journalists by INEC, Niger state recorded 99.35% while Edo, Cross Rivers, Benue, Anambra, Kogi and Kwara recorded 97%, 93%, 91%, 90%, 91% and 96% respectively.
Also, Ogun, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Enugu and Lagos recorded 74%, 34%, 64%, 61%, 64% and 64% respectively, while states with the lowest opening of polling unit are Imo with 0.98%; Kano with 0.18; Ebonyi with 35.5%; Sokoto with 33% and Oyo state with 35%.
However, in the report, Rivers state recorded 0% report. Okoye said Rivers state has no report yet on opening of the polling unit as at 1pm when the briefing was held in Abuja.
Okoye said: "We deem it necessary to give you update of where we are in relation to the conduct of the presidential election."
"As most of you are aware, we did promise Nigerians that the polling units will be opened at 8.00am. In some states we recorded 100%.''
According to Okoye, some of these challenges are security related, some of them are related to late arrival of some members of the Road Transport workers but all the states.
He, however, said that the challenges are been addressed to ensure that Nigerians are not disenfranchised wherever they are across the country.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that some ballot boxes at polling unit 18 located at junction of Ohafia/Ago Palace Way, Okota in Oshodi/Isolo LGA of Lagos state had been set on fire.
Pressmen who witnessed the incident reports that polling unit 23 located on Baba-Ewe Street/Ago Place Way was also affected by the fire.
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