Bloody attack: INEC suspends Ekiti by- election, confirms 3 dead

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced the immediate suspension of Saturday’s House of Assembly by -election in State following bloody attacks greeted the exercise.

Tella Adeniran, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in State, made this known in a statement issued in Ado , and also confirmed three persons were shot dead during the exercise.

“The East State Constituency I by-election which started at 8.30 a.m. today witnessed 100 percent opening of polls at 8.30 a.m.

“The exercise commenced on a good note in a peaceful and orderly manner.
“However, at about 10.00 am, were reported cases of violence: in two Polling Units of Ward 09 (Obadore IV); Polling Unit 8 (Baba Egbe/Odouro /Odoule) and Polling Unit 9 (Beside Baba Egbe/Odouru/Odoule I), Polling Unit 07 (Aro street/Aro) of Ward 07 (Obadore lI).

“In PU 07, Ward 07, three voters were shot dead a youth corps member, a police woman and an INEC staff sustained gunshot wounds.
“Under this circumstance, the safety of electoral officials, security personnel and election materials as well as the credibility of the process cannot be guaranteed.
“The State Commissioner of Police is fully aware of the situation,” Adeniran said.

According to him, It is unfortunate in spite of the effort of the commission in giving Nigerians free, fair, credible and inclusive election, some people to be unprepared for an improved .
He said the situation was such that, conducive environment no exists for further electoral activity at the polling units and the collation centers.
The INEC REC declared that in view of the development, the commission had suspended the election forthwith. (NAN)

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