INEC suspends election in 9 wards in Kogi Gubernatorial polls

INEC suspends election in 9 wards in Kogi Gubernatorial polls

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced the suspension of elections in 9 wards of Ogori/Magongo Local Government Area of Kogi State over reported cases of electoral malpractices.

The 9 wards are in the Ogori/Magongo Local Governemennt Area of the state. They are Eni, Okibo, Okesi, Ileteju, Aiyeromi, Ugugu, Obinoyin, Obatgben and Oturu.

This disclosure is contained in a statement issued by the INEC National Commissioner and member of the Information and Voter Education Committee. Mohammed Kudu Haruna, on Saturday night, where he made particular reference to the incident of result sheets completed before voting.

Thorough investigation to be carried out

Haruna said, “This is entirely unacceptable. Any result not emanating from the Commission’s process in the Polling Units will not be accepted,” he added.

“The Commission is determined not to reward bad behaviour. Consequently, the election in the nine Wards in Ogori/Magongo LGA (Eni, Okibo, Okesi, Ileteju, Aiyeromi, Ugugu, Obinoyin, Obatgben and Oturu) is at this moment suspended.

“The incidences in the other Local Government Areas are being thoroughly investigated, and the outcome, including the way forward, will be announced in the next 24 hours.”

INEC noted that in the wake of the reported malpractice, it would probe the incidences and fish out those “who may have been complicit in undermining the process.

He said, “We have a record of all officials deployed at various levels as supervisors, monitors, technical staff, or polling unit officials and all election materials issued to them. Appropriate sanctions will be applied where necessary.

“The Commission assures voters in Kogi State that their votes are protected, and their wishes will be respected.”

What INEC is saying

The Statement from INEC reads, ‘’The Commission has received reports from our officials in Kogi State on incidences of electoral malpractices, particularly the incident of result sheets completed before voting.

‘’Reports indicate that the incidents occurred in Adavi, Ajaokuta, Ogori/Magongo, Okehi and Okene Local Government Areas. The most serious incidents occurred in Ogori/Magongo, affecting nine of 10 Registration Areas.

‘’This is entirely unacceptable. Any result not emanating from the Commission’s process in the Polling Units will not be accepted.

‘’The Commission is determined not to reward bad behaviour. Consequently, the election in the nine Wards in Ogori/Magongo LGA (Eni, Okibo, Okesi, Ileteju, Aiyeromi, Ugugu, Obinoyin, Obatgben and Oturu) is at this moment suspended. The incidences in the other Local Government Areas are being thoroughly investigated, and the outcome, including the way forward, will be announced in the next 24 hours.

‘’Meanwhile, as the processes continue, we follow the audit trail of personnel and materials to ascertain those who may have been complicit in undermining the process. We have a record of all officials deployed at various levels as supervisors, monitors, technical staff or polling unit officials and all election materials issued to them. Appropriate sanctions will be applied where necessary.

‘’The Commission assures voters in Kogi State that their votes are protected, and their wishes will be respected.’’

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