Voting continues at Takum, Ibi LGAs of Taraba on Sunday




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Jalingo- Accreditation and elections are underway in Ibi and Takum local government areas of Taraba, where the exercise could not hold as scheduled on Saturday.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Alhaji Ahmed Makama, told newsmen in Jalingo on Sunday that this was due to a mix-up in the distribution of election materials on Saturday.

He, however, assured that all grey areas had been effectively tackled to ensure that residents exercised their franchise.

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Similarly, the REC confirmed that the election was postponed in some wards in Ibi Local Government Area where the Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, Mr Ishaka Bawa, hailed from.

He said reports from the area on Sunday showed that the exercise was proceeding without any hitches.

Meanwhile, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Taraba Command, Mr Joseph Kwaji, had confirmed that the Electoral Officer in charge of Ibi Local Government was beaten up by some residents.

The development stemmed from allegations that the officer compromised his office by selling out National Assembly ballot papers to a serving legislator from the area.

He disclosed that it took the intervention of the police to rescue the electoral officer whose name was not disclosed.

Kwaji said that the Command had, however, beefed up security in both Takum and Ibi local government areas to ensure hitch-free polls there. (NAN)