Voting has commenced in Rivers re-run legislative election taking place in eight Local Government Areas.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that accreditation and voting began at 8.30am in Wards 10 and 16 of Port Harcourt City Local Government Area.
At Ward 16, unit 1, a voter, Mr Christian Aniakor, said the process was peaceful, cordial and smooth.
“ I voted at 8.35 am. It was a peaceful exercise and I am impressed with the security arrangement, early arrival of election materials.
“ This has indeed, reduced the pre-election tension which made it look as if it will be bloody,” he said.
Mr Jeffrey Chuku, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) agent at the Ward, said he was impressed with the conduct of the election in the area.
“ We are satisfied with the conduct of the election in the ward. It has been peaceful so far,” he said.
M Chibuike Maraihe, All Progressives Congress (APC) agent at the ward said, the election began early and had been peaceful.
“ I am impressed with the conduct of the election in the ward. The exercise has been free and fair here and as you can see, there is heavy security presence in the ward,” he said.
At Ward 10, Unit 12, Mr Edmund, Naaku, the agent of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), said though voter turn-out had not been much, voting commenced at 8.55am.
“ My take is that the exercise here has been peaceful. We have not recorded much voter turn-out. I am optimistic people will come to vote later in the day,” he said.
NAN also reports that the card reader machine was used to accredit voters while the incident form was used in units where the card reader did not function.
INEC Presiding Officers in the wards said the election had been peaceful and smooth.
In Akuku-Toru Local government Area, materials arrived late in the five units where election will hold.
NAN reports that INEC officials had commenced distribution of materials to the affected units while voter turn-out was impressive.