Irregularities Mar Imo Rerun Election, Massive Voters’ Turnout In Taraba

imageimageSaturday’s supplementary election in Imo State was marred by serious irregularities and low turnout of voters.

At Oru East Local Government Area, where majority of the polling units are located, officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were arrested while thumb printing ballot papers in favour of one of the political parties.

Also arrested were fake INEC officials who posed as Returning Officers at the Collation Centre.

The Edo State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mike Igini, who was among the INEC team deployed for the election, said the INEC officials were arrested at Umumma primary school Ward 10 Polling Unit 008, Polling Unit 003 and three others.

“Myself accompanied by the Assistant Inspector General of Police and Commissioner Police have arrested poll officials in Oru East. They were involved in mass thumb printing and have now been taken to owerri.

“Upon my suspicion, an imposter who claimed to be lNEC staff without proof, acting as a presiding officer, was arrested with my order.”

image…Massive Voters’ Turnout In Taraba
There was an impressive voters’ turnout for Saturday’s supplementary governorship election across the 10 local government areas of Taraba State.

It would be recalled that the Independent National Electoral Commission cancelled the April 11 poll results in the local governments because of widespread irregularities.

Accreditation started on Saturday with most voters eager to exercise their civic responsibility.

There was also a heavy presence of security agents in all the affected local governments.

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