WRITTEN BY KENECHUKWU OFOMAH
Governor Willie Obiano voted at Eri Primary School, Aguleri in Otuocha Ward One, Anambra East Council Area.
The Governor cast his vote at about 9.55am.
The Governor had on arrival, proceeded to be accredited after which he cast his vote in the full glare of journalists, INEC officials and other voters.
Speaking after voting, Governor Obiano observed that so far, the process was moving on fine as there has been no report of malpractice except for some centers where materials arrived late.
He urged the electorate to endeavour to wait after casting their votes to ensure that their votes count, assuring them that the process will be peaceful.
The Governor who expressed confidence that he will win landslide in the election, expressed the hope that the result of the process will reflect the wish of the people.
Meanwhile, early accreditation and voting had commenced at Eri primary School, Aguleri the country home of Governor Willie Obiano.
The center has two polling units, 004 with a total of 844 registered voters and unit 005 with a total of 630 registered voters but was divided into three voting points for ease of voting.
As at 7.30 am, materials had arrived the center and voting commenced at polling unit 004 at about 8.05am and at polling unit 005 at about 8.30am.
There was minimal presence of security personnel as the people accredited and voted immediately with no challenge with card readers.
Some of the first persons who voted at the polling units including Mr Chinedu Nnatuanya, Mr Olisaemeka Omazu and Mrs Charity Nwankwo expressed satisfaction with the way the process is going and hoped for a peaceful process.
However, the story is a little different at Father Joseph Memorial School, Aguleri where as at 8.45, voting was yet to commence.
Although it was revealed that materials and INEC personnel had arrived the center as at 7.50am, it was observed that challenge with the card reader capturing data slowed the process and it wasn't until around 8.59am before accreditation and voting commenced.
However, a stakeholder in the area who monitored the process, Mr Tony Olih was of the opinion that the process will speed up as the personnel will have to grasp with understanding the equipment before they eventually get familiar with them.