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18 Nov 2017

#ANAMBRA DECIDES: Live Updates, Results, Situation Reports

The campaigns are over. Election day is here. Today, the people of Anambra State will choose who will govern the state for the next four years. And they have a big task on their hands.
Thirty-seven candidates are contesting in the election, including incumbent Governor, Willie Obiano of the All Progressives Grand Alliance.
With the All Progressives Congress trying to get a better hold on the South East, the Peoples Democratic Party testing its preparations ahead of the 2019 general elections and other parties trying to displace the major players, much is at stake.
Stay with Channels for live updates from the light of the nation.

7: 12 am: It has been a quiet start to the day with roads deserted in Awka, the state capital, as of 7 am, in line with the restriction of vehicular movement.
Meanwhile, residents living around the Eke Awka roundabout, in Awka woke up to see the scene of an accident. A container fell off a truck and crushed a tricycle.
Eyewitnesses said no one was hurt in the accident which occurred around 10 pm on Friday.
Electoral materials started arriving at several wards and polling units after 7am.
7:35 am: Electoral materials arrive at Agulu Village Square Ward IV.
8:00 am: INEC Adhoc staff and electoral material have yet to arrive at Ward II Amatutu village in Anambra central.
8: 20 am: The usually busy Bridge Head axis of Onitsha is deserted.
On Friday, the Police announced the closure of the Niger Bridge for the election.
9:30 am: Accreditation and voting is now ongoing in many polling units across the state.
9:49 am: Accreditation and voting going on smoothly in most polling units in Anambra Central except for a few polling units where voting materials arrived late.
Officials of the Department of State Services have arrested a man for trying to buy votes in the ongoing Anambra governorship election.
10: 10 am: UPP goverorship candidate, Osita Chidoka has been accredited.
The UPP candidate is, however, unhappy with the delay in the arrival of electoral material and commencement of accreditation and voting.
11:14 am: Despite the scorching heat, voters at Amawbia, Awka South LGA are resolute in their desire to vote.
12:06 pm: Nkwelle Ezunaka in Oyi Local Government Area in Anambra North is calm and the voters say INEC has really improved as the card readers are working properly.
12: 27 pm: Chief Victor Umeh has voted in Aguzigbo ward, Anambra central senatorial district.
According to him, the card reader has failed in one out of the 18 polling units in this ward. So, voting is only going on in 17 out of 18 polling units in the Aguluzigbo ward.
1:19 pm: INEC officials just arrived at Umuchu Ward 1, Polling Unit 001 Aguata LGA – polling unit of Godwin Ezeemo.
INEC adhoc officials setting up the polling unit for accreditation and voting around 1:21 pm
The man is claiming that the cash that he had on him was meant for the payment of his party agents.
2:41 pm: Meanwhile, incumbent governor and candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Willie Obiano, has been accredited.
2:54 pm: Counting of votes has commenced in polling units where elections commenced as scheduled.
3:30 pm: Counting begins in Umunri Ward II Anambra Central
3:51 pm: At Nkpor Ward 1, polling unit 010 in Idemili North Local Government Area, there were complaints about a low turn out of voters and late arrival of INEC officials. Those that turned out have voted and counting has commenced.

Anambra State holds its governorship election today. The election is holding amid tight
security following threats by different groups to either disrupt or boycott the exercise.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC successfully distributed electoral materials on Friday ahead of today’s election.
Today, November 18, electorates in the ‘Light of the Nation’ would march to polling booths across the state to elect who would captain the ”political ship” of the state in the next four years.The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had since released names of 37 successful candidates, who indicated interest in becoming the next governor of the State.
However, among the 37 contenders, four persons have been tipped for the number one seat.
Among the four top candidates are the incumbent, Willie Obiano of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Oseloka Obaze of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Tony Nwonye of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as well as Osita Chidoka of the Unity Party of Nigeria, UPN.
He is running on the platform of the Democratic Peoples’ Congress (DPC).
The electoral body also assured that all political parties and their candidates would be given equal treatment at the poll
The Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Garba Umar also announced that the force has deployed 16,000 officers for the over 4,000 polling units to ensure a hitch-free election.

Anambra Election: Scary Juju Planted at Polling Unit to Stop Voting (Photos)

Some fetish people in Anambra State have rolled out black magic in a bid to halt the governorship election which is taking place today.
A screenshot from a social media user's page about the development
After strong threats by the members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB to halt the Anambra election failed to hold water, spiritual threats appears to have been employed by yet to be identified people.
Some charms tagged 'Vote and Die' were spotted at the Ologwu Orie Npor polling unit in Anambra State today with some electorates expressing caution around the materials.
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APC leading in Anambra governorship election as #AnambraDecides
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