The Independent National Electoral Commission has postponed Saturday’s Governorship and State House of Assembly elections in 10 Polling Units in Victoria Garden City, Victoria Island, Lagos State.
INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Segun Agbaje, announced ...ponement when he spoke with newsmen.
Agbaje, who spoke at VGC on Saturday, said Corps members deployed as ad hoc staff on Saturday were hesitant to enter the VGC as they alleged that they were held hostage during the February 25 Presidential and National Assembly elections.
He 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.
He said: “We have eight polling units here with 6,024 registered voters and out of which 5,624 people have their PVCs.
“Eight here (in the estate) and two outside.
“After due consultation and further directive from the national headquarters, we would remobilise here tomorrow (Sunday) morning by 08:30am to conduct the elections.
“By 08:30am tomorrow (Sunday), we will reconvene here.”
Agbaje said the chairman of the security committee of the estate had assured the commission of the safety of corps members and INEC staff as well as the safety of voters.
Some of the polling units affected include PU 032, 033 and 119 to 124.
The governorship candidate of the Action Democratic Congress, Tunde Doherty, whose polling unit is in the VGC, scolded INEC for poor arrangement, adding that the situation is “unfortunate”.