The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has suspended the election in some locations in Kogi State over reports of electoral malpractices.
According to a press release signed by National Commissioner and Member of the Information and Voter Education Committee, Mohammed Kudu Haruna, the Commission received reports from its officials in Kogi State on incidences of electoral malpractices, particularly the incident of result sheets completed before voting.
The press release stated that the incidents occurred in Adavi, Ajaokuta, Ogori/Magongo, Okehi and Okene Local Government Areas, with the most serious incidents occurring in Ogori/Magongo, affecting nine of 10 Registration Areas.
“This is entirely unacceptable. Any result not emanating from the Commission’s process in the Polling Units will not be accepted,” the press release said.
The Commission said it was determined not to reward bad behaviour and consequently suspended the election in the nine Wards in Ogori/Magongo LGA.
“The incidences in the other Local Government Areas are being thoroughly investigated, and the outcome, including the way forward, will be announced in the next 24 hours,” the press release added.
The Commission also said it was following the audit trail of personnel and materials to ascertain those who may have been complicit in undermining the process and that appropriate sanctions would be applied where necessary.
The Commission assured voters in Kogi State that their votes were protected and their wishes would be respected.