The Imo State office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Saturday said it has commenced the retrieval of sensitive materials already deployed to Local Government Areas for the Presidential and National Assembly elections.
INEC postponed the election few hours before the commencement of the exercise.
The State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prof Francis Ezeonu, said the sensitive matterials will be retrieved and returned to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for safekeeping, while awaiting further instructions.
Meanwhile, anger and disappointment have continued to trail the postponement of the election in Imo State.
Electorates who had traveled long distance to the respective places where they are registered to vote, expressed dismay over the timing of the postponement by INEC.
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When our Correspondent visited one of the Polling Units in Owerri, a handful of voters were seen waiting for the arrival of INEC officials.
One of the aggrieved voters, Mazi Chuks Ofulum, lampooned INEC for toying with the nation’s democracy.
According to him, “INEC had over three years to prepare for this election but it did nothing instead it kept Nigerians false assurances that it was ready for the election. The most painful aspect is that it had to delay the announcement until people have travelled and cancelled all social and business engagements. Yhe loss is monumental”.
Also expressing disappointment over the postponement, former governor of Imo State, Ikedi Ohakim, stated that, “postponement does not go down well with any patriotic and right thinking citizen of this country”.
Ohakim who is also the governorship candidate of the Accord party, advised INEC to take steps to ensure that there won’t be further postponements.