(8:16pm) Gbenga, Lagos: A House of Reps candidate Alimosho Federal Constituency distributes N5,000; gala and a bottle of Coca Cola each to persons queuing to cast their votes at Meiran under Agbado-Okeodo LCDA
(8:06pm) By Nike - As at 8:00pm ballot papers have not yet arrived at the two polling units at Tokunbo Macaulay, Magodo Phase Two, Lagos
(7:44pm) By Adelani, Abuja:
Collation of ballots and counting are being done with lamps at several polling units in Abuja.
At Area 10, ballot counting has been concluded, but results are yet to be announced.
(7:40pm): Darkness cannot stop the residents of Ojota and Ogudu in Lagos as voting continues into the night.
(7:30pm) President Jonathan's V.P, Namadi Sambo finally defeats APC in his polling unit
(7:06pm) A group of armed political thugs have reportedly hijacked ballot boxes on
Ayilara Street in the Mushin area of Lagos.
INEC officials told presmen that the thugs, after snatching
the ballot box, emptied them in the gutter.
It was learnt that the House of Reps and Senatorial
ballot materials were affected, hence residents could not vote.
An official said, “They came in a car. They also
carried bottles and cutlasses. As soon as they hijacked the boxes, they poured
them (papers) into the gutters and ran away in their car.
(7:01pm) By William Ezeagu:
Counting of votes commenced after voting at the Ward E30 FHA estate in Kubwa Abuja. Voting was smooth and large voters turnout was witnessed. It was a very successful exercise in Kubwa in Abuja.
(6:54pm) Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State casting his ballot at Ward 10, Unit 1, Iyamho, Etsako West Local Government Area, at 5:58 p.m
(6:48pm) Restriction in movement has been called off in Akwa Ibom, voting however is still ongoing at Ward 4 Nbia Obong Pry. Sch
(6:41pm) IBADAN - Following a mild fight at Born Photo area of Oke Ado, Ibadan, earlier in the day, soldiers and a police armoured personnel carrier have arrived the area. Vote counting is currently ongoing.
An unidentified Octogenarian insisted that he wanted to vote despite his failing health, and he did vote. #patriotism
(6:10pm) From Emmanuel, Asaba:
Electoral officers sorting votes at Uzoigwe Primary School, Asaba.
(6:02pm) Policemen complaining that top military officers and their relatives are using their status to get quick attention without joining queues at the Abacha Barracks polling unit.
“I don’t understand these people. One will come and say I am Brigadier-General, another will come and say I am this I am that, another one will say I am wife of Brigadier-General,” an angry cops told his colleagues.
(5:50pm) At 5:35pm, voting about to start at Unit 014 on Oladoyinbo Street, Ward B, Ojodu LCDA
BREAKING NEWS (5:32pm) : The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has approved the postponement to Sunday of elections in some polling units where accreditation was challenging.
Two of the polling units affected by such postponement are at Iyalla Street in Alausa, Ikeja, where the presiding officer announced the postponement because card readers were not working and there was no back-up.
It is not yet clear the full details of polling units affected by such postponements and total number of voters that could be affected. However, in a statement via its twitter handle @inecnigeria on Saturday evening, the electoral agency stated that “in PUs where accreditation was suspended to the next day in accordance with the guidelines, arrangements will be made for voters to vote tomorrow, subject to the provisions of the Electoral Act 2010.”
The statement also gave permission to electoral officials to do manual accreditation of voters when card readers are causing problems. Saturday's elections are to elect a president and members of the federal parliament in Africa's largest country.
The presidential elections is seen as one of the closest in the nation's history and is mainly between the incumbent President, Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party, and Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress.
(5:21pm) Voting concluded at polling units EC 41 and EC 42, Zone 3, Garki, Abuja at 4.45pm.
Officials yet to begin counting.
Officials and voters said the accreditation was smooth and hitch-free.
(5:00pm) General Buhari casts his vote in Daura, Katsina, a large number of supporters scream 'Sai Baba, Sai Buhari'
(4:56pm): Anna, Calabar: Touts hijack ballot boxes in Biase Local Government Area of Cross River State
(4:50pm): Voters queue up in Sagamu despite heavy rainfall
(4:48pm):Accreditation just ended in #Daura LGA of Katsina State, the hometown of APC presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari, #NigeriaDecides.
(4:41pm): Maureen, Ifo, Ogun State: As of 3:50pm, accreditation still ongoing in ward 6 PU 001 Ajuwon High School, Ifo LGA, Ogun State
(4:40pm): Jayne, Lagos:
Voting ongoing at Ogudu Grammar School, Kosofe LGA. NDLEA and the Police are now stationed at the polling unit.
(4:30pm): INEC Okays Manual Accreditation Due To Issues With Card Reader
(4:24pm) From Comfort in Benin:
Some of the electorate are refusing to vote at their polling units
because of there are no results sheets to compute their votes.
(4:21pm)Voting has just been concluded in Ofu-Ai Unazi polling unit of Apa ward, Ado LGA, Benue state. In all 50 persons only turned out 4 accreditation cum voting. Comr Daniel Onjeh of the APC (Benue South Senatorial seat) defeated the sitting senate president, David Mark by 27 to 21 as 2 votes were invalidated. The presidential election have GMB leading GEJ by 29 to 21. (OZOKWU reporting 4m Ado) more updates soon!
(4:10pm) John Ameh, Makurdi: Voting has started in several polling units in Otukpo, the home town of the Senate President, David Mark.
(4:05pm) Stranded voters on Adedoyin Street, Aguda-Ogba, Lagos. No ballot papers yet as of 3:55pm.
(3:59pm) No voting in PU code no: 32-16-08-010. Rivers State. Onelga, Akabuka.
(3:56pm) Voting has been concluded at PU:009 at GSS Wuse Zone 3.
The card reader in Governor Martin Elechi’s polling booth in Ebonyi State has declined identifying him.
Elechie tried three times at the Echialike ward in Ikwo Local Government Area, but could not scale through.
The governor had to fill an incident form to vote.
(3:36pm) Leye, Lagos: Voting yet to start at Unit 27, Shonola Junction, Aguda-Ogba, at 3:30pm. Accreditation still on.
(3:30pm) Ondo State governor, Olusegun Mimiko casts his vote alongside his wife and 90 year-old mother
(3:28pm) Moshood Adebisi, Sango: At Borehole Ota 2 unit, along Ilogbo Road, as of 2:15 pm, voting has not started. About 150 people were holding their PVC but yet to be accredited. At Ward 2 unit 13 along Idi Iroko-Ota Road, as of 1:20 pm about 70 people were still seen in the queue waiting for accreditation.
Likewise Esa night market 2 polling unit along Iganmode Road, more than 80 people were in the queue waiting for accreditation. They complained about lack of personnel. There were two card readers being operated by only one person.
(3:26pm): Some observers are reporting that the ballot box for Ward 7 Unit 7 in Bugama has been taken away forcefully by unidentified persons.
(3:23pm) Voters jostle for free drinks in Ile Oluji Olumi in Ondo State
(3:22pm) Voting in progress in 8 Polling units in Anguwan Rogo Ward Jos No issues with the PVC readers.
(3:18pm) Obasanjo just voted at ward 11, unit 22 Totoro/Sokori in Abeokuta North
(3:10pm) President Goodluck Jonathan just voted alongside his First Lady at the Otuoke Polling Unit in Bayelsa.
(3:05pm) Maureen, Lagos:
Accreditation still on at polling unit 001 in Ajuwon, Ogun State, as voters defy the rain. Voting to start shortly.
(3:01pm) The Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 2, Joseph Mbu, arrivives the Lagos INEC office amid tight security.
(2:59pm) Ozioma, Abakaliki:
The governorship candidate of the Labour Party in Ebonyi State, Mr. Edward Nkwegu, has called for cancellation of the elections.
Nkwegu said that since the card readers disenfranchised “so many eligible voters, it would only be proper for the elections to be cancelled.”
(2:55pm) Comfort in Benin
Voters currently angry with inec officials because they forgot to bring
along the result sheets along with other electoral materials.
Voting is being delayed as a result as the electorate have refused to vote until the result sheets are present.
This is happening at staff training school, GRA Benin.
(2:53pm) By Ozogwu
Election has started in virtually all the poling units in Apa. A handful of soldiers were seen leading to Apa, but none of them were noticed at the polling units.
(2:52pm) By Ozogwu
In Apa-Okpozu ward, the PVC of many voters were initially hijacked by PDP leader, Ogenyi Ocheme were just released to them yesterday after it was discovered that the card readers woild not allow rigging.
(2:50pm) By Ozogwu..
LGEA primary school Apa 1 polling unit: Voters angrily refused to be accredited when a PDP stalwart in the area canvassed for their vote, however they rejected
(2:40pm) Voters reject use of incident form as alternative means of accreditation at polling units 009/008 Alakija, Lagos
(2:38pm) The card reader has stopped working at Polling Unit 028A,ward G,Amuwo odofin, Lagos. Meanwhile, at PU 002A and 002B,ward 8, Akinyele LG,Oyo state, no extra card reader battery was brought and the power is almost off. The officials are banking on the community for generator.
(2:37pm) Card reader couldn't be accessed as password is not available at polling unit Rugar kuka 2 box 012- Danmaliki- Kumbotso - Kano state
(2:35)Accreditation yet to commence at araromi quarter uthu street due to Malfunctioning Card.
(2:31pm) The old people are not left out...
(2:29pm) Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State being accredited with the card reader at Ward 10, Unit 1, Iyamho on Saturday.
(2:23pm) From Jymdes
About 10 polling units are yet to commence accreditation in the Alapere area in Ketu, Lagos
Despite the no show of the officials, people are seated waiting for their arrival.
(2:20pm) BREAKING: Hacked INEC website restored.
(2:15pm) Governor Fashola patiently queues behind prospective voters to cast his vote in Surulere, Lagos.
(2:12pm) ROMANTIC? Nigerian man proposed to his girlfriend at Lagos polling centre
(2:10pm) It's 2:10pm and there is still no sign of any INEC official at Adebiyi polling unit, Magodo Phase 1, Isheri. Prospective voters are frustrated.
(2:00pm) As at 1.37 pm, accreditation is yet to start at polling unit 24/13/07/053. Omole Phase II. The card Reader taken for repairs with no replacement.
(1:58pm) Voting commences at Gov Fashola's polling unit in Surulere, Lagos
(1:51pm) The New London polling unit- 007-Suleja in Niger state is experiencing lots of unverified fingerprints; filling the incident forms. The INEC officials arrived 8.45 a.m at Village Square PU 001, Ikot Idem Nsit, Asang ward 5, Akwa Ibom. Accreditation commenced from 9 a.m. with card readers working properly. PU 31-05-10-042 Dogon Dutse, Jos still awaiting INEC officials at about 10.42 a.m.
(1:41pm): While poll officers are preparing for voting to commence, the Presiding Officer at Unit 007 in front of National Library, Annexe, Off Moshood Abiola Way, Area 2, Garki Abuja, said 465 voters were accredited of 1pm, out of the 2021 registered voters
(1:39pm) Bisi Deji-Folutile, Lagos:
INEC officials told voters to come back next week to vote in ward 040,
Okunola, Alimosho. They claimed they have 5 incident forms for 1,050
(1:34pm) Card reader quick fix by Ohiozei Obaseki
Card readers were apparently failing often at a polling booth near an Accenture staff's home. And the guy couldn't understand why...cos the readers were all new. So he approached the INEC woman. Inspected the reader. Only to find the protective film on the lense of the reader had not been removed. After a protracted argument he convinced the woman to remove it. The reader not only read the prior rejected cards, it was reading with even faster response time.
(1:29pm) Some violence recorded in Ozuaha, Port Hacourt, dozens of unused ballot papers littered the streets after thugs attacked INEC officials bringing in electoral materials into the community.
Though, yet to be confirmed by the police, at least one person is believed to have died in the ensuing gun battle between the thugs and security team escorting corps members and other polling officers into the town.
Blood stains littered major road leading into the community according to reports, while women rolled on the floor, wailing over their losses of loved ones.
(1:20PM) In Unit 19, Omagwa-Ale, voters were seen harassing youth corpers,
accusing them of not carrying genuine result sheets.
As a result, accreditation was halted for several minutes but has now
continued after a combined team of military and normal policemen
patrolling the area intervened.
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(1:00PM) Stanley Opara, Awka: As of 12 noon, drivers, who were to convey electoral materials refused to do so. They said they were not paid their allowances. This happened at Ogbaru LGA. They have asked INEC to settle them before they can leave.
Some contestants were said to have paid the drivers from their pockets.
(12:54pm) At Unit 15, Ward 5, Ode Sokoto area, Ogbomoso election officers are now practically begging voters to come out for accreditation.
It was learnt that voters had initially come out but went back angrily when the card reader didn’t work initially
(12:52pm) Card reader fails to capture biometrics of Plateau State Governor Jonah Jang and his wife, Talatu. As at about 12: 27 pm, the duo was yet to be accredited. Speaking to journalists shortly after the card reader machine failed to authenticate him, Mr. Jang said "I am disappointed in the process, since the card reader can reject the number one citizen of the state." Those without PVC's at the governor's polling unit in protest non issuance of PVCs.
(12:42pm) Governor Fashola and wife on queue to get accredited around 10:00am in Surulere
(12:36pm) INEC arrived by 10:30 a.m and accreditation started by 10:55 a.m. in Polling Unit 01,Olanrewaju street, Area 7 satellite Amowu- Odofin Lagos. Challenges with finger prints accreditation and no incidence form at Polling Unit 1, Ward 13, Lagelu Local government, Oyo-State.
(12:26pm) Suspected Boko Haram militants attack Gombe polling unit, killing 2.
It was also gathered that the gunmen shouted 'Didn't we warn you note to vote' in their local dialect as they attacked.
(12:22pm) There is still no sign of INEC officials at Lugbe King of Kings secondary school and Katampe II polling unit Mpape Bwari, area council, Abuja.
(12:20pm) Calm voters, predominantly women, are awaiting accreditation at Mogadishu Cantonement (popularly known as Sani Abacha Barracks), Abuja.
Many voters are encountering problems of where to find their names between the two voting points.
(12:16pm) Accreditation completed in most of the polling units in Oye Ekiti.
(12:13pm) A former Governor of Lagos State,Asiwaju Bola Tinubu doing
his accreditation at polling unit 047 on Kaffi/Sunday Adigun Street, Alausa, Ikeja.
(12:10pm) KANO: Women bring water/detergent with them so voters can wash to use finger scanners
(12:08pm) Confusion trailing where Vice President Namadi Sambo will vote in
The original polling unit of the vice president at the Camp Road was
surprisingly moved from there to Police College Polling Unit in the city
Sambo failed to win in his polling unit and ward in Kaduna in the 2011
BREAKING: (12:00pm) INEC official website www.inecnigeria.org hacked
(12:05am) Electoral Materials yet to arrive at 8 Polling units in Anguwan Rogo Ward Jos
(11:44am): Former Vice President and chieftain of APC, Atiku Abubakar being accredited at Ajiya Ward 2, Komihina, Jimeta, Yola, Adamawa State.
(11:34am):The card readers in Giza, Keana LG of Nasarawa state card readers has malfunctioned and voters await replacement.
The card reader malfunction has been rectified in Polling Unit 10 Ward 9 Calabar South and accreditation is ongoing.
(11:30am): Internally Displaced People in Maiduguri in line for accreditation
(11:20am): Former president, Olusegun Obasanjo having a chat with INEC officials at ward 11, unit 22 Totoro/Sokori in Abeokuta North
(11:14am): Enugu polling unit explosion scene this morning
(11:10am): Voters flaunt their PVC's at VGC in Lagos
(11:09am): Peaceful accreditation ongoing at polling unit 001, Omagwa in Rivers State.
(11:08am): The APC Vice Presidential candidate, Prof Yemi Osinbajo and his wife waiting to vote after accreditation at VGC, Lagos
(11:07am): Accreditation is going on smoothly at popular places in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital. Accreditation going on at polling centres along Ring Road and in Molete area of the city with military personnel stationed at flashpoints. Soldiers were seen at Challenge roundabout, Molete roundabout and the popular Iwo road roundabout.
(11:05am): Accreditation is yet to commence in Kwalli polling station, Kankarofi ward, Kano municipal, all in Kano as at. INEC officials are yet to arrive.
(11:04am): President Jonathan finally accredited manually, he returns home to have some rest, promises to return to vote.
(10:59am): President Jonathan and his wife back at the polling unit to try out his accreditation in unit 13, ward 39 of the INEC polling centre in Otuoke
(10:53am): KATSINA - The card reader brought by polling officials at Karamnawa unit of Bare ward in Bare local government has failed to read voters at PU 011.
The officials arrived the unit at 9:41am and could only accredit two voters after 45 minutes.
They have gone back to the local government headquarters to get a replacement.
(10:51am) Accreditation has begun at Polling Unit 011 at Arowojobe Street, Oshodi. A check of the accreditation time shows a range of 11 seconds to 1 minute 5 seconds per person. At a nearby polling unit, some voters whose cards couldn't be read were asked to wait by INEC officials
(10:50am) In kofar Hausa primary school polling unit 002 and 003 in Keffi local government, accreditation started around 9am. It takes three to five minutes to clear one person.
(10:49am) Accreditation started at Aiyetoro 1 unit 2.
Smart card reader fails. Manual accreditation going on.
(10:45am) Abakaliki: Corps members on election duty in Ebonyi State could not remember the various polling units and wards where they are assigned for the election.
:A clear example was the case at Urban New Layout Ward, located at New Layout Primary School, Abakaliki, where a female corps member had to peep into her book to remember the ward and polling unit where she is scheduled to carry out election duties.
When our correspondent asked her to mention the ward and polling unit, she said, “Hey, please wait, let me check the document.”
Her response elicited laughter from the crowd, who shouted “Jonathan pikin,” while some others shouted “INEC must go.”
(10:44am) At some polling units in Oredo LGA in Benin, accreditation yet to be begin.
Card readers are not working and voters are awaiting substitutes from INEC
(10: 42am) There seems to be frustration at polling unit 008 on Makinde Street in the Ikeja area of Lagos as the three card readers allotted there are not working.
(10:40am) BREAKING NEWS: The INEC officials in Otuoke just confirmed to Channels TV that contrary to previous reports, President Jonathan and his wife have not been accredited, after trying 4 card readers. However NE gathered that other prospective voters after President Jonathan have been accredited.
(10:38am) Polling Units 30- 20- 13 -2 and 30- 20- 13 -4 OPEN SPACE, OYEDEJI MARKET and Olode Village in Lagelu Local Government. Accreditation in progress, No issues with the Card Readers.
(10:15am) Pako bus stop Ketu, People are on ground but INEC OFFICIALS are yet to arrive
(9:56am) President Jonathan further speaks on his delay during accreditation:
The whole world is watching Obama,
Cameron, Zuma and other world leaders have called concerning the
President Jonathan confirms there could be hitches, believes Nigeria can conduct a free and fair election that the whole world can accept.
President Jonathan complaining about accreditation, calls INEC Chairman, Attairu Jega, says “i am not worried.”
(9:54am) John, Abuja: Materials still being distributed at the Kubwa INEC distribution Centre located at the Kubwa Village Model Primary School, by Jaji Street.
A minor disagreement between a corps member and a commercial bus driver hired to convey materials almost degenerated into fisticuffs.
(9:51am) Bukola Adebayo, Uyo: Accreditation is also yet to start at Ikot Ekang LGA, Ward 8, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
(9:51am) Chukwudi, Port Harcourt: CHIEF Anabs Sara-Igbe, former security adviser to Rivers State ex-governor, Dr. Peter Odili, had alleged that election materials meant for Wards 15 and 16, Kula, in Akuku-Toru Local Government have been diverted.
(9:50am) Moradeyoo reports, After about 30 minutes delay, and after the failure of 3 card readers at President Jonathan's polling unit in Otuoke, the 4th card reader finally worked and Mr president just finished his accreditation, while his wife is being attended to currently
BREAKING NEWS: Bomb blast at polling unit in Enugu
(9:45am) INEC officials arrive at ward 11 unit 27 and 28 ibadan south-east local Govt. Area of Oyo state.
(9:38am): Slight delay at President Jonathan's Otuoke Polling Unit, the card reader appears to be failing. Mr President waits patiently
(9:33am): Bayelsa President Goodluck Jonathan started accredition in his Otuoke Polling Unit. He is at the card reader stage where his finger prints were matched with his records. His wife, Patience, is next in line.
(9:22am): Accreditation began at At idumota, ashogbon street. Lagos island. Everything is cool and calm.
(9:26am): President Goodluck Jonathan arrives his hometown, Otuoke, in Bayelsa State with wife, Patience, for accreditation. The president's mother arrived earlier at the polling unit.
Another picture of Buhari and his wife being accredited in Daura
(9:24am): Labour party governorship candidate, Adebayo Alao-Akala,
along with his wife, Oluwakemi, doing their accreditation at ward 10,
Ojude Olukotun, unit 13, Ogbomoso.
March 28th (9:19am) The polling unit at AP plaza Wuse 2 started accreditation at exactly 9:15am
March 28th (9:18am) Children at St Mary’s Cathedral Road, Oke-Padi, Ibadan playing football
March 28th (9:06am) Buhari and wife has been accredited in Daura.
March 28th (9:04am): Accreditation ongoing at Unit 2 Ward 3, Ifaki 1. Ido \Osi local government
March 28th (9:00am): It's 9:00am and prospecive voters are at in front of Customs Quarters, Karu, Abuja still waiting for INEC officials
March 28th (8:56am): Election suspended in Ethiope Federal Constituency of Delta State due to shortage of electoral materials.
The REC Mr. Anidi Ikowak said the INEC would have gone ahead with the election but for complaints from party agents.
“Let’s finish with this one first, then we will make arrangement for that one,” he said.
Saturday, March 28th (8:46am) : Accreditation going on peacefully at St. Agnes Pry Sch, polling unit 009, Alagomeji, Lagos Mainland. The card reader is also functioning well.
Saturday, March 28th (8:46am) According to Channels TV the APC Presidential Candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, has just arrived at his polling unit in Daura for accreditation.
Saturday, March 28th (8:44am) At AP plaza Wuse 2, PU/37/06/04/180 is yet to start accreditation. The INEC official arrived at exactly 8.32am and are about to set up. Voters arrived as early as 7.00am to pick up numbers before accreditation begins proper.
Saturday, March 28th (8:38am) At Iworoko Ekiti, Irepodun Ifelodun LGA, voters are gathered outside waiting for the arrival of INEC officials and materials
Saturday, March 28th (8:25am) Voters complain as election materials and presiding officers are yet to arrive at mostpolling units in Ilorin West and Ilorin South as of 8.25am although
security officers are on the ground.
Saturday, March 28th (8:25am) At Polling Unit 008, Area 2 Shopping Complex by the library in Abuja, voters have gathered and are waiting for INEC staff to arrive. Voters have given themselves queue numbers ahead of INEC's accreditation.
Saturday, March 28th (8:22am)- Inec Official Arrives at PU 37-02-10-001. Bwari Abuja.
Saturday, March 28th (8:21am)- Accreditation Yet to commence in a Polling Unit Bwari, Usama PHASE II SITE II/ROAD JUNCTION NEAR B/K 124 Abuja PU:37-02-10-001.
Friday, March 27th (10:00pm) - REC in Jigawa, Haliru Tambawel, says House of Reps Election will not hold in seven constituencies of the state on Saturday because of lack of ballot papers.
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