Low Turn Out of Voters, Hijacking of Ballot boxes, Voter Apathy Mar INEC’s Bye Elections

Low Turn Out of Voters, Hijacking of Ballot boxes, Voter Apathy Mar INEC’s Bye Elections

Low turn out of voters, hijacking of ballot box and vote – for – money, and voter apathy generally marred the nine bye-elections and 35 rerun elections across 26 states of Nigeria in an election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Also, 22 candidates are jostling for seats in the Borno, Kaduna and

Low turn out of voters, hijacking of ballot box and vote – for – money, and voter apathy generally marred the nine bye-elections and 35 rerun elections across 26 states of Nigeria in an election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Also, 22 candidates are jostling for seats in the Borno, Kaduna and Benue state Houses of Assembly.

Voters in Enugu South Urban constituency protested the refusal of INEC to provide the original result sheets for the election.

And, there were allegations that the result sheet had been pre-written by INEC officials and agents of some political parties the night before. It will be recalled that Appeal court ordered for fresh election in 8 polling units.

In Oyinmo ward in Ikare Akoko, a ballot box was snatched by thugs believed to be sympathetic to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The thugs were said to have have snatched the ballot box to prevent the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) candidate Hon. Olalekan Bada who is the preferred choice of the town from having massive votes.

Saturday’s bye elections were conducted to fill seats of the House of Representatives, Surulere I, Lagos State vacated by Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila and the current Minister of Interior,Hon. Bunmi Tunji -Ojo.

Similarly, the Yauri/Shanga/Ngaski Federal Constituency of Kebbi State seat became vacant following the exit of Alhaji Tanko Sununu who was inaugurated as minister of state for education.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) suspended the re-run elections in Ikono/Ini federal constituency of Akwa Ibom and two constituencies in Enugu and Kano States.

The electoral body, announced the suspension of re-run elections in specific constituencies due to disruptions, irregularities and abduction of election officials.

According to a statement issued in Abuja and signed by Mr. Sam Olumekun National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee the affected areas are Ikono/Ini Federal Constituency, Akwa Ibom State ,Enugu South 1 State Constituency, Enugu State and Kunchi/Tsanyawa State Constituency, Kano State .

He said the election was suspended in two Polling Units (Village Hall, EdemUrua 003 in Ini LGA and Village Hall Mbiabong Ikot Udo 003 in Ikono LGA) where all election materials were carted away by hoodlums.

In Enugu South 1 State Constituency, Enugu State, the election was suspended in all eight Polling Units where the original results sheets were not available for inspection by voters before the commencement of polls.

According to the INEC spokesman,in Kunchi/Tsanyawa State Constituency, Kano State the election was suspended in all ten Polling Units in Kunchi LGA due to invasion, vandalization, and disruption by thugs.

“The decision of the Commission aligns with the provisions of Section 24(3) of the Electoral Act, 2022. Further necessary measures for the affected constituencies will be announced after the Commission’s meeting on Monday.

“INEC invites the security agencies to investigate the incidents, while the Commission commits to thoroughly interrogating any breaches involving its officials”, Mr. Olumekun said.

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