About 36,392 voters in Ezza North local government area of Ebonyi state were on disenfranchised following the burning down of INEC Registration Area Center (RAC) in Okposi Umuoghara in the local government Area by suspected political thugs.
The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Ebonyi state Professor Godswill Obioma who briefed journalists after inspecting the destroyed RAC, said that three wards in the area were affected. The wards are Oriuzor. Ekka and Umuoghara.
He further explained that in Oriuzor RAC 009 which has 32 polling units 15,452 voters were disenfranchised while in Okposi Umuoghara RAC 07, which has 12, 802 voters, 27 voting points were affected.
Obioma also said that Ekka RAC 02 which has 16 voting points, 8, 137 were disenfranchised.
Meanwhile, there was violence in Ezi Edda town hall polling unit, Afikpo south local government area where some voters were injured when suspected political thugs shot sporadically and snatched ballot box, disenfranchising 3,000 voters in the area.
Governor Dave Umahi speaking to journalists in his Onuafor polling unit after casting his votes, blamed security agents for not being proactive.
Umahi while condemning the violence; accused desperate politicians in the state of causing the acts to have their way.
Umahi, who is also the Chairman, South-east Governors Forum noted that any failure should be blamed on desperate Politicians who wants to ascend to power against the will of the people.
He said: “I speak as the Governor of Ebonyi state and the Chairman of South-east Governors Forum
“I want to commend INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu.
“I can say he has very good intention for our country.
“I can also say I am very satisfied with the entire process he has put in place.
“If there are failures anywhere, it is not the problem of INEC but those of desperate politicians that want to impose themselves against the will of the people
“And this is very dangerous for our nation when people want to use guns to impose themselves on the people
“That is an indication that such leaders will not do anything for the people if they ascend.”