By: Mercy Peter
According to the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education, Sam Olumekun the suspension was due to irregularities, disruption of election and abduction of electoral officials.
Consequently, the commission asked the security agencies to investigate the incidents, assuring that it was commited to thoroughly interrogating any breaches involving its officials.
The statement reads: “The Independent National Electoral Commission announces the suspension of ongoing re-run elections in specific constituencies due to disruptions, irregularities and abduction of election officials.
“The affected areas are Ikono/Ini Federal Constituency, Akwa Ibom State where elections is suspended 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 where election is suspended 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 where election is suspended in all ten Polling Units in Kunchi LGA due to invasion, vandalization, and disruption by thugs.
“The decision of the Commission aligns with the provisions of Section 24(3) of the Electoral Act, 2022. Further necessary measures for the affected constituencies will be announced after the Commission’s meeting on Monday.
“INEC invites the security agencies to investigate the incidents, while the Commission commits to thoroughly interrogating any breaches involving its officials.”