The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has suspended re-run elections in some constituencies due to what it described as “disruptions, irregularities and abduction of election officials.”
Sam Olumekun, National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, made this known in a statement on Saturday.
The areas affected are Ikono/Ini Federal Constituency, Akwa Ibom State where election was suspended in two polling units (Village Hall, EdemUrua 003 in Ini LGA and Village Hall Mbiabong Ikot Udo 003 in I’m LGA) where all election materials were carted away by hoodlums.
In Enugu, Enugu South 1 State Constituency, election was suspended in all eight polling units where the original results sheets were not available for inspection by voters before the commencement of polls.
In Kunchi/Tsanyawa State Constituency, Kano State, Olumekun said election was suspended in all 10 polling units in Kunchi LGA due to invasion, vandalization, and disruption by thugs.”
Olumekun said the decision of the Commission aligned 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 (tomorrow).
“INEC invites the security agencies to investigate the incidents, while the Commission commits to thoroughly interrogating any breaches involving its officials,” he added.