Agents in fear as polling is halted in Taraba State


Nigerian presidential candidate of the main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari and vice-presidential candidate Yemi Osinbajo attend a campaign rally on January 19, 2015 in Kaduna. Buhari will face President Goodluck Jonathan ~ CHRIS STEIN

Abuja – Polling agents in some parts of Taraba State are fearing for their lives after the postponement of elections irked voters.

Disgruntled voters, having spent the better part of the day in queues, but later to be told to return home, were understandably not happy when ordered to. Others were visibly angry and voiced their frustration at agents.

This is a problem we least expected to happen but it is not of our making, said an ad hoc INEC staff member in Takum.

He added that they are scared of being attacked by the voters.

As you can see things for yourself, we are now trapped in this place. We cannot go out because we are afraid of our lives. But thank God for the presence of security personnel.”

The agents absolved themselves from blame following the postponement of the elections in some parts of the state.

Takum local government area appears the most affected by the shortage of voting material that has led to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) halting the poll.

An INEC spokesperson in the state said he was not in position to comment on that because he was in Jalingo and not in Takum.

As at the time of filing in this report, voter in the various polling unit of Takum were returning home.

INEC announced on Saturday voting in some regions would continue on Sunday.