Tuesday, December 7

INEC officials arrested over missing election results sheets

Some officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have been reportedly arrested over alleged missing of electoral result sheets meant for two wards that make up Oba community, Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra state

The suspects were reportedly arrested at the collation center, Merchant of Light Secondary School, in the early hours of the election day, last Saturday, when the electoral materials arrived the center for distribution to the 53 electoral polling units in the Area.

In the process of checking the Electoral materials for distribution to the 53 polling units for the election, the Electoral Officer in charge of the two wards in Oba, reportedly discovered that the result sheets for the election were not there and immediately invited the police in Oba that came and arrested some of the INEC officials.

They were reportedly transferred from the Oba Police station to the State Intelligent and Investigation Bureau, SIIB, Awka, for further investigation.

Reacting to the development, the President General of Aboji Akanano Union, Oba, Nzeh Dozie Nweke, lamented the non conduct of election in the community.

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“We, people of Oba were not among those that participated in the last Saturday gubernatorial election in the state. At 8am on the election day we were waiting for the Electoral materials and INEC officials till 6pm and no election was conducted.

“When some of us went to the collation center to know what was amiss we were told that some INEC officials were arrested over missing result sheets and that they were taken to the Oba police station.

“I went to Oba police station and was told that some INEC officials were being detained and would be transferred to Awka because of the nature of the offense allegedly committed.

“We then hoped that the election would then be conducted the next day being Sunday but it was not held. and we then hoped that it would be combined with that of Ihiala local Government where the election did not take place and still we were not involved during the election that was held last Tuesday.

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“There are two wards in Oba, ward one has 18 polling units and ward two has 35 polling units, making them 53 units. Why we are crying is for the world to know that election was not conducted in Oba.

“We want INEC to conduct election in Oba because we are part and parcel of the state. That INEC officials were arrested over missing result sheets will not stop our voting for the candidates of our choice.

“We call on INEC to immediately conduct election in Oba as a community with the largest number of people in Idemili South local government Area” he pleaded.

Confirming the arrest when contacted on phone, the Divisional Police Officer, DPO in charge of Oba police station, Mr. Ferbian Ofoha, referred this paper to the state police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr Tochukwu Ikenga for Details.

When Tochukwu was contacted he referred the reporter to the Zone 13 PPRO, Mrs Nkiru Nwudo, who said she was not aware of the arrest and pledged to get back to this reporter as at the time of filing this report.

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