INEC Suspends Elections In Akwa Ibom, Enugu, Kano Over Violence


Concerns over violence and irregularities have led the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to suspend re-run elections in some constituencies and polling units (PUs).

INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr Sam Olumekun, announced the action Saturday amidst the electoral ongoing process that was slated for 26 states and 80 local governments across the country.

According to Olumekun, the affected areas include Ikono/Ini Federal Constituency in Akwa Ibom State, where elections in two units (Village Hall, EdemUrua 003 in Ini LGA and Village Hall Mbiabong Ikot Udo 003 in Ikono LGA) where hoodlums carted away all election materials.

He said that in Enugu State, the exercise was suspended in all eight PUs of Enugu South 1 State Constituency where the original results sheets were not available for inspection by voters before the commencement of polls.

Equally in Kunchi/Tsanyawa State Constituency, Kano State in all 10 PUs 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.”

The National Commissioner, who further stated that INEC has invited the security agencies to investigate the incidents, said the Commission is also committed to thoroughly interrogating any breaches involving its officials

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