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The Local government Council election conducted by the Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission (EBSIEC) yesterday witnessed a low turn out across the 17 councils in the state as most residents stayed indoors.
The development may not be unconnected with the fact that all the chairmanship candidates as well as over 95 percent of councillorship candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were returned unopposed as candidates of other parties were disqualified by the commission over several reasons bordering on the alleged presentation of fake tax clearance certificates as well as fake educational qualifications.
However, apart from the low voter turn out, there were equally pockets of crisis in some areas, especially where opposition candidates fielded candidates against the PDP. Although, the state high court had last Thursday reportedly restrained the ENSIEC from conducting election in Isiuzo and Ezeagu Councils as well as one ward in Udi Council, it was discovered that elections went on in the affected areas.
THISDAY checks revealed that political thugs had beaten up agents of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA ) at Ikem Umuaram polling centre, while houses were reportedly burnt in Umualor ward.
The same situation also played out in Eke in Udi Council where members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) alleged that PDP members carted away electoral materials.
Meanwhile, both Governor Sullivan Chime and the leadership of the PDP in the state have expressed satisfaction with the conduct of elections, saying the process was transparent.
Chairman of PDP in Enugu State, Chief Vita Abba, gave this verdict shortly after voting at Community Primary School Ede-oballa, Nsukka Local Government of the state.
Abba, who voted around 11.30am, noted that there was a tremendous improvement, both in the turnout, in the organisation and in the whole arrangements for the election.