State assembly election in Anambra witnessed low turn out
….As vote-buying takes centre stage in Onitsha
By Sunny A. David, Onitsha
The governorship and state assembly election in Onitsha Anambra State Saturday witnessed a low turn out and vote buying in almost all the polling units.
Although there is no governorship election going on in the state, the state assembly election is going on in all the polling units without encouraging turn out of voters.
The Bishop Diocese on the Niger Rt. Rev. Owen Nwokolo while speaking with newsmen after casting his vote, at All Saints Primary School Onitsha, said “it appears that people are not turning out for the election.
“From my observation and what other observers are telling me, there is vote buying and disappointing low turnout of voters in all the places I went.
“It appears that people are disappointed with the outcome of the Presidential and National Assembly election, they are complaining bitterly about the outcome of the election.
“What people expected was not what the saw that is the complaint. We learnt that some people have gone to court to challenge the election and we believe that the Judiciary will come up with honest judgement on who won the election.
“We hope the judiciary will not disappoint the masses on with their judgement on the election, otherwise it will come to a time when people, including me will not vote again in Nigeria because our votes are most counting.
“We are advising the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to address the complaint of the masses votes not counting in Nigeria otherwise people will not have confidence in the commission,” the Bishop stated.
An APGA, chieftain Hon.Okey Ekezie while speaking with newsmen at the same venue also lamented the low turn-out of voters, saying it is not unconnected with the result of the last Presidential and National Assembly election where the electorates are complaining that their vote did not count.