Few hours after some gunmen stormed the Ughelli Local Government Secretariat and set the complex ablaze, a Returning Officer has not shown up at his allotted polling unit.
There was apprehension when four hours after he was supposed to have resumed duty at the Ayakoromo Ward 7 , the Retuning Officer attached to the ward in the Local Government Council elections slated to hold today has not shown up.
Reliable sources reports that, as at the time of filing up this report, at exactly 12:30 pm, voting has not commenced in the unit.
Speaking with newsmen over the issue, the presiding officer stated that the returning officer was supposed to have accompanied him to the ward , but that he did not show up at the appointed time.
The retuning officer is supposed to fill in the results of the election in the ward.
Voters were still waiting for the returning officer as at press time. One of the Voters, Efinine Werikumo explained that those at the polling unit are prepared to wait till late in the day, to prevent electoral manipulation in the unit.
He said; ” DSIEC should not play with our intelligence. We have gone past the stage when some persons will write results and impose people on us.
”We are waiting for all the electoral personnel to be here and for the elections to be conducted in accordance with the Electoral Act”.