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General News of Sunday, 19 March 2023


Why 10 VGC polling units were relocated outside the estate - INEC explains

INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakubu INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakubu

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has explained why residents of Victoria Garden City in the Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos weren't able to vote on Saturday, March 18.

National Commissioner, Festus Okoye who was speaking to the press in Abuja as results of the governorship election are being announced noted that there were issues with polling units at VGC at the presidential elections, hence the reason the commission decided to relocate the polling units to outside the estate.

Recall that residents of Victoria Garden City (VGC), Lagos accused the commission of voter intimidation and setting up of “illegal” polling units without informing the estate.

As of 2:30 p.m., it was observed that voting had not commenced in the area, as the residents lamented the impromptu relocation of the 10 polling units meant for the community. The polling units were reportedly transferred outside the community.

"Yesterday, the Commission couldn’t organize the election at the Victoria Garden City in Lagos. That particular election took place today because there was a disagreement between the commission and the residents in the estate relating to the citing of polling units."

"Prior to yesterday, the polling units were located inside the estate itself but because of issues that arose during the presidential and National Assembly elections, we decided to bring the polling units out of the estate. So there was a disagreement."

"So elections didn’t take place and we decided that elections should take place today because there was an agreement between the commission and the residents in that particular estate."