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INEC suspends re-run elections in three states

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the suspension of ongoing re-run elections in three constituencies across Akwa Ibom, Enugu, and Kano states due to disruptions, irregularities, and the abduction of election officials.

In a statement released on Saturday by Sam Olamekun, the National Commissioner and Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee of INEC, the commission highlighted the affected constituencies and the reasons for the suspension.

For Ikono/Ini Federal Constituency in Akwa Ibom State, elections were suspended in two polling units due to the carting away of all election materials by hoodlums.

In Enugu South 1 State Constituency, Enugu State, elections were suspended in all eight polling units where original results sheets were unavailable for inspection by voters before the commencement of polls.

Similarly, in Kunchi/Tsanyawa State Constituency, Kano State, elections were suspended in all ten polling units in Kunchi LGA due to invasion, vandalization, and disruption by thugs.

The decision to suspend these elections aligns with the provisions of Section 24(3) of the Electoral Act, 2022. Further measures for the affected constituencies will be announced after the Commission’s meeting on Monday.

INEC has called upon security agencies to investigate the incidents thoroughly, and the Commission commits to thoroughly interrogating any breaches involving its officials.

This development comes amidst INEC’s announcement of re-run elections in 34 constituencies nationwide.

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