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INEC Cancels Rerun In Cross River Ward Over Abduction, Missing Ballot Papers

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has canceled the rerun election in eight polling models of Afafanyi/Igonigoni Ward in Cross River State.

In an announcement on Saturday, the electoral physique defined that it took the choice because of the violence recorded within the ward.

“INEC does not reward impunity/violence,” the assertion stated, noting that certainly one of its officers was kidnapped by armed males.

It added, “Election was not conducted in eight polling units of the riverine area, Afafanyi/Igonigoni Ward due to kidnap of the Supervisory Presiding Officer (SPO) and hijack of election materials by gunmen.

“The rerun elections into Yakurr/Abi Federal and Abi State Constituencies held across 25 out of the 33 units of the court-ordered rerun elections in Cross River State.”

INEC, nonetheless, stated the kidnapped sufferer later regained freedom from his abductors whereas the gunmen refused to launch the delicate and non-sensitive supplies of their possession.

Items stolen by the attackers, based on the electoral umpire, are 9 good card readers, 5,616 poll papers, and several other outcome sheets amongst others.

It stated some National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members on election responsibility had been additionally robbed of their cell phones and money.

INEC confirmed that no life was misplaced in the course of the incident, however a policeman was injured.

“With headcount in the office, all staff deployed to the riverine communities of Afafanyi/Igonigoni have returned safely,” the assertion stated.

In different elements of the state the place the election held, the electoral physique revealed that shut monitoring and supervision by a crew of officers witnessed a big turnout of voters within the numerous polling models.

The crew, nonetheless, recognized some challenges equivalent to poor community to facilitate the graceful operating of the good card reader and the refusal of voters to stick to queuing directions.

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