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3:50 PM - Sorting and Counting has been concluded at PU04/01/07/013, EKEMEZIE SQUARE, EKWULOBIA II, AGUATA LGA
3:22 PM - Vote counting begins in Aniocha local government
Counting of votes has commenced in some polling units in Aniocha LGA, Anambra.
High turnout of voters was recorded in Anambra East LGA, home of incumbent governor and APGA candidate, Willie Obiano, and APC flag-bearer, Tony Nwoye.
2:55 PM -Accreditation and voting ends. PU/04/05/17/005 Eke Market, Nri, Anaocha LGA, Anambra State.
2:35 PM - Sorting of ballot papers has just started at PU04/14/01/012 & 013, OKPUNO UMUOMA HALL, NNEWI-ICHI I WARD, NNEWI NORTH LGA
2:25 PM - DSS releases man arrested for trying to buy votes
The Department of States Services, DSS, has released a man it arrested earlier who was allegedly trying to buy votes at the ongoing governorship election in Anambra state.
The man said to be a professor was freed hours after he was arrested.
2:12 PM -Voting has concluded at PU:04/05/17/004 Eke Market Suare I, NRI I Ward, Anaocha LGA.
2:05 PM -Some voters waiting endlessly, at PU Akqaegbo Central School code 008, Uruagu ward 1, Nnewi North as a result of missing names of voters in the register, ranging from O-Z
1:45 PM - The voters register pulled off the wall at Unit 22 ward 2 Abatete in Idemili north LGA and voters manage to pour through the papers in search of their names.
1:40 PM - Scanty turnout of voters in Ntege Oyi LGA at State Primary School
[1:40pm]— Shine Your Eye! (@NGShineYourEye) November 18, 2017
Scanty turnout of voters in Ntege Oyi LGA at State Primary School -- PU 002. @SituationRoomNg Observers interviewing @inecnigeria officials on the malfunctioning & faulty smart readers causing delay in voting for eligible voters.#AnambraDecides #AnambraDecides2017 pic.twitter.com/Kpu4h2SylT
1:35 PM - Gala and Malt for votes
APGA agent share gala and malt at pu020/pu021.Community primary school 1/2 Abatete to entice voters
1:22 PM - Election still suspended due to faulty Card Reader at Units 001 & 002, Ward 3, Nnewi South. Voters waiting for Card Reader Replacement.
1:09 PM - PDP call for disqualification of APGA candidate, Governor Willie Obiano
#AnambraDecides2017 Breaking News! Governor Willie Obiano and Gubernatorial Candidate of the @ApgaHQ was seen campaigning openly at his polling unit. This is a violation of electoral law. We call for @inecnigeria to disqualify him from the contest. @PoliceNG #VoteAndStay pic.twitter.com/xJEXpq4ArR— Official PDP Nigeria (@OfficialPDPNig) November 18, 2017
1:01 PM -No Election in the entire AWA WARD, ORUMBA NORTH due to a major shortage of ballot papers. Reg. voters are 2262 but only 1261 ballot papers was given to the ad-hoc staff. Voters have refused to proceed with the election
12:51 PM - Cash for votes galore
APC & APGA set up paying centres; voters raise their ballot papers to show who they voted for; then go to the paying centres to collect their money at Nneamaka Sec. Schools I & II and St. Martins P/S I, Ifitedunu II, Dunukofia.
12:48 PM - APGA party agent giving out money to voters at Polling Unit 04/02/01/019 CPS ANAKU AYAMELUM
12:45 PM - People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate Henry Oseloka Obaze is yet to vote
12:36 PM - EZINIFITE VILLAGE HALL, OKPUNO MALL, AWKA SOUTH LGA
Serious vote buying going on in the Polling Unit even in the presence of INEC officials and security operatives
12:31 PM - PU 010, and 011, Central School Nkwelle, Umunachi, Dunukofia LGA, serious vote buying going on by all political parties
12:26 PM - Party agents, supporters secretly distribute N1,000, Meat-Pie, Slippers to get votes
Party agents, supporters secretly distribute N1,000, Meat-Pie, Slippers to voters to get votes
In some polling units in Njikoka LGA, it was observed party agents and supporters distributing cash and pairs of slippers to voters after ensuring that beneficiaries voted for their party.
A source who disguised as a voter, was approached by party agents with N1,000 and a pair of rubber slippers to vote for his party. The offer was politely rejected
Money was also distributed to voters at three polling units in Ukpo, Dunukofia LGA.
In other polling units, Meat-pie and drink were also given to voters.
12:11 PM - Voting suspended due to faulty Card Reader at PU:04/15/10/001 &002 (Ezinifite, Nnewi South). Card Reader sent back to LG for replacement
12:07 PM - IPOB quiet so far
No sign of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra, so far, although some youths, suspected to be members of the group but without any of the paraphernalia associated with the pro-Biafra agitators, were seen marching through some streets in the Aguleri area of Anambra.
The youths appeared menacing but did not disturb anybody.
Residents were observed watching them warily.
12:01 PM - 04/17/01/001, 002, 003 & 004, AMERICAN QUARTERS WARD, ONITSHA-NORTH LGA - Voting ongoing smoothly at the Polling Unit
11:57 AM - Army and security retrieved the ballot box snatched by thugs from PU: 04/02/07/006 (AYAMELUM OMOR II, AMA AGBAJA I)
11:50 AM -Ezira Town Hall PU 001 Orumba South LGA. A physically challenged person on wheelchair was given preferential treatment to cast his vote the moment he came to the PU.
11:30 AM -Voting is ongoing at Obodani public square, Awka ward 5. Money inducement is ongoing. Police officers are present. Card reader has failed to authenticate the cards but voting is ongoing. PU 009 & 010
11.15 AM - PU004/13/17/008, NIMO III WARD, NJIKOKA LGA
Smart Card Readers not working at the Polling Unit. Voters have lost patience and have started leaving
11:05 AM - Longest ballot paper with 37 political parties contesting in the history of Nigeria's electioneering process
Longest ballot paper with 37 political parties contesting in the history of Nigeria's electioneering process as #AnambraDecides today! #AnambraDecides2017 #AnambraSR2017 @SituationRoomNg @EiENigeria @inecnigeria pic.twitter.com/IygJnAKWob— Shine Your Eye! (@NGShineYourEye) November 18, 2017
11:05 AM - A Chief at Nsugbe Central Ward 1 casting his Vote.
(11:07am) A Chief at Nsugbe Central Ward 1 casting his Vote.#Anambradecide2017 #SnapAndSend #WatchingTheVote #AnambraDecides pic.twitter.com/RFmjGs5OiX— Amplified Radio (@AmplifiedR) November 18, 2017
11:00 AM -Voting in progress at Umunze Ward 3, Orumba South.
Voting in progress at Umunze Ward 3, Orumba South. #AnambraDecides2017 cc @SituationRoomNg @NigeriaInfoPH @EiENigeria @AnambraNEWS pic.twitter.com/moMwqthZrt— Our Env,Our Demo (@OurEnvOurDem) November 18, 2017
10:58 AM - Open vote buying going on at PU 04/15/01/005 & 006, AKWA-IHEDI WARD, NNEWI SOUTH LGA.
10:53 AM -At Afor Okpuno health Centre PU 001 Awka North LGA @inecnigeria official waiting for voters
10:49 AM - PU04/13/15/003, NIMO I WARD, NJIKOKA LGA
All three (3) Smart Card Readers not working at the Polling Unit. Replacement being awaited
10:47 AM - #AnambraDecides2017: Man arrested for allegedly trying to buy votes
As the Anambra election is ongoing, the Department of State Security, DSS, has arrested a man who was trying to buy votes from voters during the electoral process in Anambra.
10:35 AM - Obiano votes, says he’s confident of victory
(10:01am) gov @WillieMObiano at Eri Prinary school, 004 polling unit, Anambra East, fingerprint verification.#Anambradecide2017 #SnapAndSend #WatchingTheVote #AnambraDecides pic.twitter.com/YtzufajZho— Amplified Radio (@AmplifiedR) November 18, 2017
“I am very confident that at the end of the day, I will carry the day. I will win this election by a landslide.” Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State, the All Progressives Grand Alliance candidate for the ongoing governorship election boasted
10:30 AM - PU 04/05/01/004, ADAZI ANI I WARD, ANAOCHA LGA
Voters cannot vote at the PU because there is no Presiding Officer at the PU but the election material is at PU 04/05/01/001
10:27 AM - PU 008 Nkpor 1 voting is yet to commence due to lack of security men on ground. Voters and Election officials are waiting to begin the process
10:24 AM - Faulty card reader PU:04/05/17/005 Eket market, Nri, Anaocha Ward, Anaocha LGA
10:10 AM - Massive turnout as Chidoka casts his vote
9.:58 AM - PU04/05/17/001, 002 & 003, BOYS SECONDARY SCHOOL I, NRI I WARD, ANAOCHA LGA Card Reader has stopped working. Voters have become restless
9.57 AM - Governor Willie Obiano arrives at Eri Primary School, Unit 004, Otuocha 1, Aguleri, Anambra East LG.
9.54 AM - PU: 004-006 at Oriaifite Ward 3, Ireti Central School -- accreditation and voting ongoing peacefully and orderly.
9.52 AM - Card Reader stopped working at PU:04/07/05/006 (Nkwelle Pry. School 1, Akwa, 1, Akwa South),
9:49 AM - National Youth Service Corps members serving as INEC ad-hoc staff complain of non-payment of feeding allowance.
9:45 AM - No INEC Officals/materials still at PU/04/19/05/006 (ORUMBA NORTH LGA, AWA WARD)
9:30 AM - INEC officials yet to arrive at PU:04/19/05/006 (Obu Okofia, Awa Ward, Orumba North). #AnambraDecides
9.28 AM: INEC officials just drove in at 9.28am at this poling unit
@SituationRoomNg INEC officials just drove in at 9.28am. #AnambraDecides2017 pic.twitter.com/729jMivhlN— DeCODE (@decodenigeria) November 18, 2017
9.24 AM: Two more pulling Unit, including Ibenato Central school unit to move from the Otolo RAC.
9:17 AM: Cases of card reader not identifying voters card but they are voting at otuocha ward 1 unit 005 8.39am: #Snapandsend nkpor Uno hall. Materials being distributed to different pu staff.
9:00AM - There is heavy military deployment at Oyeagu Abagana, an IPOB stronghold in Idemili North LGA heightening fears of low turn out in the area.
8:30 AM: Materials arrived early at Dennis Memorial Grammar School Onitsha, Ward1. It has 4 polling units… Voter registration has not commenced. Few voters are already at the unit.
The ever busy streets of main market Onitsha has turned to a football stadium as citizens who are indifferent about the election get themselves busy playing football.
At ward 11, Onitsha High school which also doubles as a RAC, materials are yet to be moved to the various polling units as at 8:30am when voting is supposed to have commenced.
08:17 AM: At Awka Etiti… A few people are at the market going on with their normal business.
Vegetables and other food stuffs are on display.
Vulcanizers are working and other food stuffs are on sale.
A police van is stationed just ahead and they are mingling like it is okay for the market to be half opened.
Materials and personnel have not arrived at any of the 3 polling units visited in Onitsha North LGA as of 7:30 am. Ado girls secondary school, Awka road Onitsha, New era secondary school Omagba phase1 and Prince memorial high school. Some civil defence staffs are stranded. Meanwhile, there is adequate security on the major roads but not enough inside the streets.
8:19AM - Business going on at Awka etiti. Seems people ain’t ready for accreditation
Business going on at Awka etiti. Seems people ain't ready for accreditation
8:05 AM - St Peters, Ogidi ward 1 to Holy Trinity Ogidi ward 2, nothing is happening in both places.
Corps members stranded at Idemili North LGA as drivers who are supposed to convey them refused to show up with their vehicles.
However, it was learnt that the materials have been moved to the RAC centre; while those to use the materials were left behind.
7:38AM: Presently at the RAC situated at Aguleri. They are distributing the election materials, SPO not in sight. #SnapAndSend #AnambraEast
7:41 AM: The city of Awka is absolutely calm with security almost every 5 minutes you move, either stationed or mobile.
Security officials include Army, Navy, Police, and NSCDC.
At the RAC at Aguleri, the number of polling units are not pasted.
7:00 AM: Thirty-seven candidates are contesting in the election, including incumbent Governor, Willie Obiano of the All Progressives Grand Alliance.