Sunday, 11 December 2016

Drones In Rivers Re-Run


Drone Survelliance cameras were deployed to monitor the Legislative Assembly rerun elections in Abalama communities of Asari-Toru Local Government Area (LGA), of Rivers State.
Eight of the cameras were noticed hovering above the wards in the area.
The Care Taker Committee (CTC), chairman of the LGA, Basuene Lolomari who spoke to newsmen while monitoring the exercise in the area said the cameras were deployed to monitor the progress of the polls and to fish out trouble makers who try to create problems at the units.

Meanwhile elections in the LGA were very peaceful. Voting started in the area by 11 am in most polling units visited. The LGA participated in the three legislative elections into the Senate, House of Representatives and the State House of Assembly. As at 9 am yesterday when The Nation arrived at the LGA, materials were yet to leave the RAC centre at Abalama, however, accreditation and voting began before noon and was concluded in most polling units before 3pm, especially units in Abalama Ward 11, where the state House of Assembly candidate, Enemi Goerge hails from.
Enthusiastic voters were seen queuing up at various units waiting patiently to be accredited so they could cast their ballots.
Card readers were largely used in the accreditation of voters in the LGA, while a unit which the device had issues, incident forms were used to ensure that no eligible voter was disqualified.
There was huge presence of the Police and the military in the area. The waterways and the bridges within, inside and outside the LGA were manned by heavily armed military men, as promised by the Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris, while movement and unnecessary loitering by youths were highly checked.
Away from the past election events in the local government, there was no form of violence especially in Abalama and Buguma, the headquarters of the LGA.
Culled from The Nation

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