Guber/State Assembly Polls: INEC ‎Investigates Electoral Violence In Rivers, Abia, Akwa Ibom, Others




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The (INEC) on Sunday commenced  investigation into incidents of trailed last Saturday’s governorship and state assembly elections, vowing to do everything within in its powers to bring culprits to justice.  ‎

‎The electoral commission also said according to its records there were 66 reports of violent incidents targeted at polling units, the commission’s officials, voters and election materials.

‎INEC also said the process of accreditation with Smart Card Readers was successful in a majority of the polling units.

Governorship elections were held in 29 of the Federation, while State Assembly elections were held in 36 . No election took place in the (FCT).

However a by the commission delivered by the chief press secretary to INEC , Kayode Idowu, said “a general assessment shows the elections went very well across the country. According to preliminary reports, 88.9 % of polling units opened for accreditation between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. across the country. Only 5.2 % were yet to open as of 1 pm. Also, 73 % of the polling units had commenced voting by 2.30 p.m.

“The process of accreditation with Smart Card Readers was also successful in a majority of the polling units. Initial challenges were recorded in Edo and , but the technical teams deployed to support the were able to resolve the issues in a timely manner.

“Overall, many parts of the country remained relatively peaceful during the elections. Some , however, recorded a significant number of violent incidents, the most affected being Rivers, , Cross River, Ebonyi and Ondo States.

“INEC’s records show there were 66 reports of violent incidents targeted at polling units, the Commission’s officials, voters and election materials.

“These were in Rivers State (16 incidents), Ondo (8), Cross River and Ebonyi (6 each), (5) Bayelsa (4), Lagos and Kaduna (3 each), Jigawa, Enugu, Ekiti and Osun (2 each), Katsina, Plateau, , , Imo, and (1 each).

“The Commission is investigating these incidents and will do everything within in its powers to bring culprits to justice.”

INEC however commended electorates for once again demonstrating their resolve and commitment to participate in the electoral process and by doing so, contributing to deepening democracy in our country.

“The Commission calls on every citizen to maintain the peace as the results of the Governorship and State Assembly elections are being processed, and to accept the official outcomes. would like to emphasize that winners can only emerge after collation of the official results and on the basis of the requirements prescribed by the legal framework. Any aggrieved persons or groups are encouraged to seek redress at the Tribunals.

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“INEC would also like to remind all stakeholders that the process is not yet completed and urges restraint in their comments, as we strive to bring this process to an orderly, peaceful and credible conclusion.” (Leadership)

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