Actual voting started at about 1:40pm in most polling centres in Port Harcourt City, Obio/Akpor, Emohua and Khana local government area of Rivers State.

This is the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Rivers State, Dame Gesila Khan, has approved the use of manual register in the accreditation of eligible voters, where the Card Reader failed.

Khan therefore advised eligible voters who have not been accredited to go back to their respective polling units to get accredited manually.

LEADERSHIP observed that in most polling units visited in Port Harcourt, Obio/Akpor, Abua/Odual, and Khana local government areas, the Presiding Officers adopted manual accreditation to enable then meet up the period provided for accreditation.

However, accreditation and voting on simultaneously in most of the polling unit in Abua/Odual locl government area of the state.

Rivers State Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, who had earlier ordered the suspension of accreditation exercise in Ikwerre local government area, due to non-availability of result sheets from INEC, has finally returned to Government House, Port Harcourt.

After waiting for several hours without the arrival of the INEC result sheets, Amaechi left his home-town, Ubima, amidst tight security.

There were also reports of snatching of election materials in Abua/Odual, Akuku-Toru, and other local government areas of the state.

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