100 INEC Staff Abducted were kidnapped and forced to thumbprint in the Imo Bye-Election.
Hundreds of INEC ad-hoc staff were kidnapped and taken to an unknown location where they were forced to thumbprint on ballot papers in Saturday’s Imo by-election for Ngor Okpala State Constituency.
Professor Chukwuemeka Ezeonu, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Imo state, revealed this Sunday while briefing journalists during the bye-election
The REC warned that the NEC would not accept ballot papers from the kidnapped INEC ad-hoc staff.
“We have received reports of election violence and poll disruption on some polling units, as well as attacks on our personnel,” he said.
He stated that no casualties have been reported thus far.
“Security men have been up and doing to rescue some of our staff who have become trapped in the violence,” he said. We continue to be grateful to them and wish them well in their endeavors.
“We have noticed an abduction of some of our Ad-hoc staff with election materials near the end of the polls, which causes us great concern. The earlier violence began with the theft of election materials and ended with the kidnapping of our staff, ballot papers, and other materials. Some of our kidnapped Adhoc employees were blindfolded and taken to an unknown location, where they were forced to thump print ballot papers.”
The REC reassured the public that results obtained from unidentified sources would not be collected.
The total number of votes cast must be added to the total number of votes cast by accredited voters.
Senator Samuel Anyanwu, the National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, has condemned the kidnapping of INEC staff and the theft of sensitive materials.
The hijacking of INEC sensitive materials by political thugs suspected of being loyal to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) was described by Anyanwu as despicable and fraudulent.
“The stealing of the INEC materials occurred after the public learned that the PDP candidate was leading in virtually all polling booths and electoral wards in the Ngor Okpala LGA,” he explained.
He believes that the defeat of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Blyden Amajirionwu, in his own polling booth proves that the PDP candidate, Hon Jeff Nwachukwu, was truly ahead of his nearest rival.
Anyanwu therefore calls on the state’s security agencies to apprehend those responsible for the theft and hijacking of election materials, while urging PDP supporters to remain calm.
The PDP National Scribe went on to say that his party will never accept anything less than a free, fair, and credible election, praising party supporters for standing firm against the APC’s attempts to rig the election.
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