Anambra Decides 2021: Gunmen Steal Ballot Boxes at Polling Units in Onitsha

Anambra Decides 2021: Gunmen Steal Ballot Boxes at Polling Units in Onitsha

  • Some ballot boxes at two polling units located in Immaculate Heart Catholic Church and the St Faith Catholic Church, Onitsha are nowhere to be found
  • The boxes were stolen by a gang of gunmen who stormed the polling units on Saturday, November 6
  • The criminals, after shooting indiscriminately to scare voters, took some of the boxes with them to an unknown destination

Fegge, Onitsha, Anambra - The voting exercises for the Anambra gubernatorial election on Saturday, November 6, turned rowdy as gunmen stormed polling centres at the Immaculate Heart Catholic Church and the St Faith Catholic Church in Fegge, Onitsh.

Eyewitnesses who spoke with journalists said the armed men made their way to St Faith Catholic Church by Mbonu Ejike/Basden Junction in a bus and opened gunshots to scare the voters and security agents.

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The gunmen came in a bus
Source: UGC

The Nation reports that the thugs drove straight to the ballot boxes and fled with at least two of them.

one of the voters at the polling unit said:

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“I am sure they were two boxes but an INEC official from his hiding place said it was just one."

While this was happening, another set of gunmen stormed the polling unit at the Immaculate Heart Church along Ziks Avenue and left with one ballot box.

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Meanwhile, the Anambra governorship election was not going so well in a polling unit in Nnewi North local government area as some voters were protesting the alleged unavailability of original result sheets.

According to the protesting voters at Polling Unit 002, Enem Hall, Otolo Ward 2 in Nnewi North LGA, the officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) failed to bring original result sheets.

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A member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) identified as Chima Christian, told The Nation that there would be no voting at the polling unit until the electoral officials produce original result sheets. Christian stated:

“We have refused the commencement of accreditation/voting because the INEC officials did not come with the original result sheet. Until we sight the election result sheet, voting will not commence."

According to him, all those who are getting prepared to write election results in their hotel rooms will not succeed as they would meet their waterloo.


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