The Independent National Electoral Commission Resident Electoral Commissioner in Lagos State, Mr Segun Agbaje, has declared that voting will continue in 10 polling units in Victoria Garden City (VGC), Lagos Island on Sunday, 19th March 2023 for the governorship and State Assembly elections.
According to Agbaje who spoke to journalists during his visit to VGC on Saturday, said voting will begin from 8:30 am and end at 2:30 pm
VGC was one of the areas in Lagos where voting couldn’t take place.
Reports emerged earlier in the day that INEC officials set up voting venues for some polling units away from the original venues which made residents refuse to participate in voting, expressing fear of disruption of the exercise by hoodlums.
However, according to Agbaje, corps members deployed as ad hoc staff on Saturday were hesitant to enter the VGC estate as they alleged that they were held hostage in the 25th February Presidential and National Assembly elections.
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Agbaje said the commission’s ad hoc staff set up voting materials in front of the estate on Saturday but the estate residents claimed that hoodlums might disrupt the process, so they did not feel secure and could not cast their votes.
He said the situation was difficult for security agents to contain hence he and his team had to come to the area.
“We have eight polling units here with 6,024 registered voters and out of which 5,624 people have their PVCs,” he stated, adding that two other polling units at the estate’s main gate were also affected. “Eight here (in the estate) and two outside,” he stated.
“After due consultation and further directive from the national headquarters that we should remobilise here tomorrow (Sunday) morning by 08:30 am to conduct the elections.
“By 08:30 am tomorrow (Sunday), we will reconvene here.”
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