Voters in the Akwa Ibom rerun elections have come in large numbers to exercise their franchise in Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, where Senator Godswill Akpabio hails from.
A report from newsmen revealed that polling started as early as 9 a.m.
At Ukana Ikot Ntuen Ward 2 Unit 9 with three voting points, voters were seen on queue casting their votes.
It was also observed by the newsmen that security was tight as they were more in numbers than the voters who turned out to cast their votes.
At ward 9 unit 30, Mrs Anietie Udo, the electoral officer, said the exercise was peaceful as voters were orderly.
She said, “The only challenge encountered was the ink pad and it was improvised.”
One of the polling officers, Mr Tunde Adeyemi, who is a corp member, said materials arrived early and voting began at the unit by 8.30 a.m.
He said there were no challenges as the card readers were working perfectly.
At Ward 9 unit 17 and 18, voters were seen casting their votes.
However, newsmen observed also that there were no All Progressives Congress agents in some of the polling stations visited in Essien Udim LGA and reports has it that the APC State Chairman, Mr Ini Okopido, on Friday, announced the withdrawal of the party from the elections.
Newsmen still observed that no restriction of movement in some parts of Essien Udim Local Government Area as market people and vehicles were moving normally.