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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

INEC Suspends Re-Run Elections In Three States

Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has announced the suspension of the ongoing re-run elections in Ikono/Ini Federal Constituency, Akwa lbom State, Enugu South 1 State Constituency, Enugu State and Kunchi/Tsanyawa State Constituency, Kano State.

INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Sam Olamekun who disclosed this in a statement on Saturday, said the action was due to “disruptions, irregularities and abduction of election officials.”

The commission noted that necessary measures for the affected constituencies will be announced after the Commission’s meeting on Monday.

It called on security agencies to investigate the incidents.

“Ikono/Ini Federal Constituency, Akwa lbom State“ Suspension of elections 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.

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

“Kunchi/Tsanyawa State Constituency, Kano State. Suspension of elections 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”, it stated.

Recall that INEC announced re-run elections in 34 constituencies nationwide. – DP

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