Imo Supplementary Polls: INEC restricts Movement

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Imo State on Thursday said that the Commission has placed total restriction of movement in the State between 8am to 6pm for the re-run of the inconclusive Governorship and House of Assembly Elections scheduled for Saturday April 2015.

The Commission urged Students currently sitting for the West African School Certificate Examination (WASCE) and the National Examination Council counterparts to ensure that they reached to their various examination centres before 7am on Saturday.

The State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Gabriel Adah at a press conference in Owerri disclosed that three National Commissioners from INEC Headquarter and three Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) have been deployed to the State to assist to conduct credible election.

Dr. Adah further stated that, the Commission would engage the Services of their Staff for the conduct of the supplementary polls to ensure the full implementation of the Electoral body’s guidelines.

According to him, there are 148,407 registered voters in the 259 polling units spread across the 23 Local Government Areas of the state with 113,803 plastic voters cards (PVCs) distributed in the affected areas. He said that, all the head of security agencies in the state are prepared to ensure smooth conduct of the supplementary elections.

The INEC REC who confirmed that some of the commission’s staff who were involved in result falsification of results at the commission’s headquarters have been picked by the security agencies for questioning.

“We noticed some lapses at the commission’s headquarters last week and we invited security agencies to help us to investigate the matters and at the end of the whole exercise INEC will take a definite stand. We observed that our staff flouted some of the rules and regulations guiding the electoral process.”

He further disclosed that 12 adhoc staff involved in some irregularities during the March 28 Presidential and National Assembly and April 11 governorship elections are now facing prosecution while others are on the security watch and any of them found wanting would be prosecuted.

The INEC boss also said that card readers have been configured for the purpose of the supplementary polls in the state, saying that, both sensitive and non sensitive materials for the re-run have been received by the commission.

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