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INEC Suspends Bye-Elections Amid Disruptions and Irregularities


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has halted bye-elections in numerous constituencies and polling units nationwide due to disturbances and irregularities.


Sam Olumekun, INEC's National Commissioner and head of the Information and Voter Education Committee, disclosed this on Saturday, February 3, during elections across 26 states and 80 municipalities.


Olumekun highlighted specific instances of disruptions, such as in the Ikono/Ini Federal Constituency of Akwa Ibom State, where elections in two units were stopped because thugs stole all voting materials.

In Enugu State, the voting process in all eight polling units of the Enugu South 1 State Constituency was ceased because the original result sheets were not available for voter verification before the start of the polls.

In Kano State's Kunchi/Tsanyawa State Constituency, election activities were suspended in all 10 polling units in Kunchi LGA due to thug attacks, vandalism, and disturbances.


He mentioned that this suspension is in accordance with Section 24(3) of the Electoral Act, 2022, and that further decisions about the affected areas will be communicated following the Commission's Monday meeting. INEC has also called upon security bodies to look into these incidents and committed to rigorously investigating any misconduct by its officials.

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