Some INEC Staff And Security Agents Compromised-IGINI

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Though electoral materials were on Saturday, 2 April distributed and dispatched to polling centres behind schedule in the Southern Senatorial District of Cross River State  for the  House Of Representatives and  Senate Elections, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Michael Igini said Sunday that it was discovered that some  INEC staff and security  agents were compromised.

He said INEC staff and security agents were bought by a political party and results written in favour of the party even before voting took place.
“Some people are still in the mindset of taking this country to the nadir of underdevelopment and that is not acceptable,” he said.

The REC said some agents of political parties were chased away  from  distribution centres and polling stations by security men and stalwarts of a political to pave way for the manipulation of figures in favour of the  party and accordingly called on the stakeholders to allow for free and fair elections as there was no alternative to that during his tenure as REC in the state.

He said the results have to be declared at the polling units and pasted there for all to see and the same must be the figure declared at the collation centres. He handed out what he called final warning to those who think they can thwart INEC effort to have free and fair election to have a rethink.

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Mr Igini said the elections in Abi/Yakkur Federal Constituency will take place on Saturday, adding that materials for elections in the constituency were not complete that was why the election was postponed to Saturday nationwide.

Reports from the area say the place was taken over by thugs and security agents who wanted to intimidate the people and prevent them from coming out to cast their votes ostensibly to reduce the number of votes for an opposition party that seems to be having the upper hand.

Emma Una/ Calabar.

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