The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has suspended re-run elections in twenty polling units across Kano, Enugu, and Akwa-Ibom states.
The National Commissioner and Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee, Sam Olumekun, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday after earlier stating that it was probing election disruptions that occurred during the rerun/by-elections in Enugu, Akwa-Ibom, and Kano states.
However, in its latest updates, it stated that the suspension was a result of irregularities and abduction of election officials.
The commission noted that the suspension aligns with the provisions of the 2022 Electoral Act, urging security agencies to investigate the incidents before adding that further necessary measures for the affected constituencies will be announced after the Commission’s meeting on Monday.
“Suspension of elections in two Polling Units (Village Hall, EdemUrua 003 in Ini LGA and Village Hall Mbiabong Ikot Udo 003 in Ikono LGA) where all election materials were carted away by hoodlums. Enugu South 1 State Constituency, Enugu State.”
“Suspension of elections in all eight Polling Units where the original results sheets were not available for inspection by voters before the commencement of polls. Kunchi/Tsanyawa State Constituency, Kano State.”
“Suspension of elections in all ten Polling Units in Kunchi LGA due to invasion, vandalization, and disruption by thugs,” the statement read in part.