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Edo Decides: malpractices at Ward 6, INEC condemns shooting, hijack of electoral materials

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EDO STATE GUBERNATORIAL ELECTION: NBA OBSERVER GROUP Reports of some malpractices at Ward 6 PUnits 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18. There’s been some misunderstanding among the youths there on money sharing formula.

Voting in progress at:
* PU 6, Ward 3, Arue Primary School, Arue-Uromi
*PU 5, Ward 3, Arue-Uromi. Voting almost concluded.
*PU 7, Ward 4, Egaure Primary School, Ekpoma. INEC officials attempts to stuff ballot boxes with ballot papers. Reports of vote-buying going on.
*PU- Oriakhi Primary school, ward 6, Ovia south west
*PU-Iguoriakhi uphill, ward 6, Ovia south west
*PU-ozolau primary school, ward 6, Ovia south west
*PU- iguobazuwa primary School,ward 1, Ovia south west
*Pu- udo maternity, ward 5, Ovia south west
*Pu- udo ezoti primary school, ward 5, Ovia south west
*Pu- tipper garage/market(1-8)ward 4, Egor
*Pu- ogbomwan primary school evbuotubu, ward 1, Egor
*Pu- use town hall, ward 3, Egor
*Pu- Emeka primary school, ward 3, Egor
*Counting of votes about to commence in PUnits 5, 6, 7 and 8, Ward 4, Eguare Primary School, Ekpoma.
* Counting of votes about to commence in PU 6, Ward 4 Eguare Primary School.

Reports of some malpractices at Ward 6 PUnits 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18. There's been some misunderstanding among the youths there on money sharing formula.
Reports of some malpractices at Ward 6 PUnits 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18. There’s been some misunderstanding among the youths there on money sharing formula.

Ward 6 PUnits 33-38 Itohan Grammar School. At Unit 34 the observers were informed by the PO that the card reader malfunctioned and they had to use a backup. Upon asking to see the backup they were shown a tablet. The observers overheard one of the party agents complaining that he was not comfortable with the use of the back up.

At Unit 36. The Observers were told by the PO that their card reader had no issue. However, when asked what steps will be taken in case of a malfunction, he informed the observers that they would call the Technical Supervisor who would either fix it or give them a back up. They confirmed that no PO is given a back up unless there are issues with the card readers. There seems to be some contradictions on the use of back ups by units 34 and 36.

Other than the foregoing, the election exercise in the said units were peaceful as at the time of reporting. The voters are waiting for the counting of votes to commence at 2.30pm

INEC condemns shooting, alleged hijack of electoral materials

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it was aware of a shooting incident in Orhionmwon local government area of Edo state, vowing to bring all electoral offenders to justice.

Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu stated this in his preliminary address at the “Edo Governorship Election Virtual Situation Control Room” which is holding through Zoom.

Yakubu added that the commission had also received images showing the alleged hijack of electoral materials in Ward 9, Unit 15 of Egor local government area in the state.

He said INEC might be forced to take decisive action against results generated from the affected unit.

Yakubu frowned at the violation of COVID-19 safety protocols especially with regards to the physical distancing rule.

The INEC boss said the commission had to activate its backup system by replacing all faulty Smart Card Readers at units where some card readers malfunctioned.

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