INEC Indefinitely Suspends Ekiti East 1 State Constituency By-Election Over Violence

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'Electoral violence, funding, others, threats to female participation'

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has suspended Saturday’s Ekiti East 1 State Constituency by-election indefinitely over reported cases of violence, Njenje Media News reports.

In a statement issued by Mr Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, in Abuja on Saturday, said that the Commission received a report from the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Ekiti State that the by-election was disrupted by violent attacks on voters, election officials, and security personnel.

Part of the statement read:

“However, no sooner had voting commenced than unidentified gunmen unleashed mayhem at some Polling Units, thereby disrupting the process.

“Unfortunately, some innocent voters were shot dead, but a policeman, some INEC regular and ad hoc staff who sustained gunshot injuries during the melee are receiving medical attention.

“This situation is unacceptable. In its avowed commitment to electoral integrity, the Commission has suspended the election indefinitely.”

Okoye said “to continue with the process would amount to rewarding bad behavour.

“The security agencies are aware of this unfortunate situation and have commenced an investigation.

“The Commission commiserates with the innocent victims of this dastardly act and affront to our democracy,” Okoye added.

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