26 February 2012
.No Election In Bakassi
GOVERNORSHIP election held yesterday in
without the returnees of the crisis-torn Bakassi Council participating. Cross River State
A high court injunction, issued after close of work on Friday, eve of the election, shut the people of Bakassi out of the election.
Consequently, the people, led by former Senator Ita-Giwa, protested their exclusion from the poll.
However, there was general apathy to the election, as the turnout was poor.
Materials also arrived late, between 9am and 10am, at most of the polling units in the rural areas even though the supplies had arrived at the area INEC offices on time.
Except for essential duties, restrictions were placed on movement of vehicles, businesses and other activities.
In Calabar, accreditation started at 8am and voting commenced on time and situation was peaceful.
As early as 6am, the distribution of sensitive elections materials commenced into the 23 local government areas of the state.
But the major feature in most parts of the state visited was the obvious lack of enthusiasm on the part of voters.