Edo poll: ‘INEC raises alarm over shootings, hijack of electoral materials, vote buying…’




The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has confirmed a shooting incident in Orhionmwon local government area of Edo state, saying it was working with the police and other security agencies to ensure the peaceful conduct of the ongoing governorship election.

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INEC also said it was in receipt of images showing the alleged hijack of electoral materials in Ward 9, Unit 15 of Egor local government area, saying while it was working to salvage the situation, it may be forced to take decisive action against results generated from the affected unit.

Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu stated this Saturday morning in Abuja in his preliminary address at the “Edo Governorship Election Virtual Situation Control Room” which is holding through Zoom.

 

Yakubu who condemned reports of vote-buying and selling also frowned at the violation of Covid-19 safety protocols especially with regards to the social distancing rule.

The commission added that in places where some Smart Card Readers malfunctioned, it has had to activate its backup system and has replaced all faulty card readers.

It added that the few ad hoc staff who could not get their stipends the previous day have now been settled and are at their work stations, conducting the elections.

 

Meanwhile, One person has been reportedly shot at Ologbo in Ikpoba Okah LGA, Edo State.

Contacted on the alleged shooting at Ologbo Dukedoom, the Enogie, HRH Jason Owen Akenzua, said he heard gunshots and when he contacted the DPO, he was told that it was police that fired shots when the place was rowdy.

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