INEC threatens to cancel election results in Kogi
Following the presidential and NASS elections in Kogi State, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has threatened to void the results of crisis-hit regions.
While responding to the crises that erupted in some local government areas, Dr. Hale Longpet, the Kogi Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), issued the warning.
Some polling units in Kogi Central, as well as parts of Anyigba and Dekina in the Kogi East and Mopa in the Kogi West, where thugs allegedly removed voting materials, were reported to have been disrupted by thugs.
However, Longpet said: “You know the electoral Law says that where there is a disruption to the process, the result will be cancelled, the very particular units’ results will be cancelled.
“The issues initially were only in the Kogi East and Central but I can’t tell exactly where and where in the state have been affected until the results are brought by the electoral officers.
“We understood that because of the violence, those affected areas couldn’t conclude the election there.
“I’m shocked that people can go to that level and disrupt something that everybody should have enjoyed.
“Election is a peaceful and willful thing that people are offered to freely participate in.
“Again, If people are given assurance that everyone will enjoy a pleasant experience, why then should we have thugs invading the whole town or the local government, disrupting the conduct of the elections?
“This is very sad and shocking, when you look at the loss of lives involved.”