Voter apathy mars Ebonyi Council elections
The Local government election conducted by the Ebonyi State Independent Electoral Commission (EBSlEC), on Saturday, July 30, 2022, recorded low turnout across the 13 council Areas and 171wards of the state.
News ExpressCorrespondent who monitored the exercise in some polling booths in Abakaliki, Ebonyi, Ohaozara and Afikpo areas reports that people were seen going about their normal businesses.
Speaking after casting his vote at Onuofukuru Umunaga Uburu Polling Booth, Governor David Umahi, said he was happy that the council elections was peaceful.
Umahi lauded the EBSIEC for the early commencement of accreditation and voting at the respective polling units and commended the electorate for turning out in their numbers to exercise their franchise.
“I can say that I am quite satisfied with what I have seen and the reports I am getting from across the state.
“It is very peaceful, the turnout is quite impressive and the people are voting very freely for candidates of their preferences.
“There is no other political party in Ebonyi State. We have done quite well and no other political party in Ebonyi can boast of any reason why anybody in Ebonyi should vote for any party other than APC.
“We have performed, we have transformed the State, so Ebonyi people will not listen to promises, they are going to be listening to promises fulfilled under my administration.
“I worked hard for it. Apostle Paul says I have run the race, I have kept the faith, left unto me is the crown of righteousness, that crown of righteousness is a comprehensive victory today.
“Every election is selection; an opportunity for the people to select whoever they like and that is the definition of election,” Umahi said
He expressed hope that with what his administration has put on ground in terms of infrastructural development, All Progressives Congress (APC) candidates would carry the day in the various wards.
The Governor called on voters to continue to conduct themselves properly to ensure a hitch-free exercise. The election was generally peaceful across the state.