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Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Anambra: Voters' Registration Centres Found in Evil Forest

Shock and disbelief could best describe the mood of Anambra State Deputy Governor, Mr. Emeka Sibeudu and the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for the state, Prof. Chukwuemeka Onukaogu, yesterday when the duo led security operatives to discover four registration centres located at a shrine in a deep forest.

The four centres which are in the deep Nziko forest at Nteje in Oyi Local Government Area, were manned by registration officers and had, at the time of the discovery, registered only about 200 voters since the commencement of the exercise 10 days ago.

Following security reports made available to Governor Peter Obi, his deputy and the REC led security operatives to the forest where the startling revelation of the four centres with the accompanying Direct Data Capture (DDC) machines was made.

On arrival at the forest which took about 40 minutes drive from the nearest residential area, the registration officers, mainly corps members, were idle and gazing at the machines with virtually nobody to register.

Reacting to the incident, the shock-stricken Prof. Onukaogu, described as painful, the discovery of four centres serving nobody in a thick forest when there were not enough machines for potential voters in places like Awka, Onitsha, Nnewi, Adazi, Agulu and others.

He said: “I have heard of floating/flying polling booths. Today, I have seen one. I am sad that there are four machines wasting here, whereas there are no machines in Onitsha, Eke Awka, Ozubulu, Nnewi and parts of Anaocha where thousands of people are waiting to be registered.”

Onukaogu noted that the four centres had registered only about 200 voters since the exercise started 10 days ago, when the same machines would have registered several thousands had they been located in densely-populated areas.
He said the irregular location of the centres also posed grave risk to the registration officers and the machines, questioning, “how will I evacuate men and machines in the event of danger?”

The REC boss alleged that the centres have been secured by an influential politician from the area, who would want to use it to rig election, but assured that he would remove three machines and leave one behind, just as he would need to meet with the registration officials before taking action.

Onukaogu stressed that he was constrained by the fact that the “floating registration centres” deep in the forest were documented from the INEC Abuja headquarters and assured it would be corrected. Also speaking, the Deputy Governor, who expressed shock at the location of the registration centres, said: “We have shortfalls in machines. But in the forest here, there are four machines lying idle. All the people we met here are not up to 10. But if you go to some other places, you will find thousands of people waiting to be registered”.

Describing such registration centres as what people use to perpetuate electoral fraud, the deputy governor said: “This, I can assure you, is part of the rascality of the past which the present government under Mr. Peter Obi is trying hard to stamp out of the state.”

However, a former deputy chairman of Oyi Local Government, Chief Samuel Offorkansi, who is overseeing affairs at the voting centres, insisted that the place had been serving as voting and registration centres since 1998, stressing that contrary to what the people think, the centres were in the midst of densely populated villages.

Source: Geoffrey Anyanwu, Awka - The Sun.

13 Comments:

  • At 26 January 2011 at 12:48 , Anonymous Chilling said...

    Okija shrine?

     
  • At 26 January 2011 at 12:57 , Anonymous Surprise said...

    The centres were to register the evil spirits in the forest. Please don't remove the centres from the evil forest as doing so may result in the spirits been disenfranchised.

    As for the person telling the Dep. Gov. the centre is in the middle of densely populated villages, I beleive the team have eyes and they are able to see for themselvs.

    Wonders shall never end in Nigeria

     
  • At 26 January 2011 at 14:31 , Anonymous NINA said...

    THIS IS TOTALLY ABSURD AND LUDICROUS..I CANNOT EVEN WRAP MY MIND AROUND WHY THERE SHOULD 4 BE VOTER REGISTRATION CENTRES DEEP INSIDE THE FOREST...WHAT IS GOING ON IN NIGERIA...IF DENSELY POPULATED TOWNS LIKE ONITSHA, NNEWI, AND AWKA, DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH MACHINES, WHY THEN 4 SHOULD THERE BE 4 MACHINES LOCATED DEEP INSIDE AN ISOLATED FOREST??? THIS DOES NOT ADD UP!! SOME OF THESE POLITICIANS HAVE BECOME SO DESPERATE THAT THEY WILL RESORT TO THE MOST BIZARRE, AND CRUDE TACTICS JUST TO RIG AND WIN ELECTIONS!!!

     
  • At 26 January 2011 at 14:48 , Anonymous Teaser said...

    Na wah for my people. So that is how they obtain those ghost votes, ghost workers, etc. But really I don't see anything wrong in their actions. Its not as bad as stuffing ballot boxes from home. Our dead ancestors should be allowed to register and cast their votes in the elecSion :)


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  • At 26 January 2011 at 15:13 , Blogger Prism of an immigrant said...

    Na wa o. scary stuff.

     
  • At 26 January 2011 at 15:44 , Anonymous CC said...

    So nobody is wondering who these 200 people who registered were doing in the Evil forest? mmkay make I siddon look

     
  • At 26 January 2011 at 17:02 , Blogger Nigerian Film and TV Addict said...

    hahaha ibo kwenu!hahaha!!!!

     
  • At 26 January 2011 at 20:58 , Blogger Big Daddy Dickum' Down... said...

    Evil forest ke? hahahaha

     
  • At 26 January 2011 at 22:52 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    This is not new!!!! you all should know that in other for you to do politics for 9ja you need 3 thing

    1) Money
    2) Orisha, Vodoo, Jazz so on and so on
    3) Area boys

    If you have all this you meet the qualification of a politician

     
  • At 26 January 2011 at 22:53 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Anambra is the haven for shrines and cults! No surprises and that's why they'll never be at peace there. The richest Anambra men (educated and not) all worship these shrines but profess to God during the day!

     
  • At 26 January 2011 at 22:53 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Anambra is the haven for shrines and cults! No surprises and that's why they'll never be at peace there. The richest Anambra men (educated and not) all worship these shrines but profess to God during the day!

     
  • At 26 January 2011 at 23:48 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    MUMU LIKE YOU IDIOT, IS YOU AND YOUR FATHER THAT IS WORSHIPPING THE SHRINE.

     
  • At 27 January 2011 at 15:25 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Anon January 26, 2011 11:48 PM; are you from Anambra state? Is it a lie?

     

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