3 Killed In Ekiti Bye-election As INEC Suspends Poll

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was
forced to suspend yesterday’s Ekiti East Constituency 1 bye-
election, following the violence that greeted the poll in
Omuo Ekiti, headquarters of Ekiti East local government of
Ekiti State, where three persons were shot dead.
The state’s INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr Tella
Adeniran in a statement in Ado Ekiti said the poll was
suspended because the safety of electoral officials, security
agents, voting materials and the credibility of the process
cannot be guaranteed.
The statement read, “The Ekiti East State Constituency 1
bye-election which started at 8.30 a.m. today witnessed
100% 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 there were
reported cases of violence:
“In two (2) PUs of ward 09 (Obadore IV); polling unit 8 (Baba
Egbe houselodouro/Odoule) & 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 (3) voters were shot dead while a
youth corper, 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.
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“The State Commissioner of Police is fully aware of the
situation.
“It is unfortunate that in spite of the effort of the
Commission in giving Nigerians free, fair, credible and
inclusive election, some people appear to be unprepared for
an improved electoral process.
“The situation is such that, a conducive environment no
longer exists for further electoral activity at the PUs and the
Collation centers.
“In view of this development, the Commission has
suspended the election forthwith”.

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