BY TIMOTHY AGBOR
THE Independent National Electoral Commission has suspended further collation of governorship election results in Abia and Enugu states.
The Commission disclosed this in a statement on Monday, signed by its National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye.
Okoye cited attacks on INEC officials, saying the Commission’s office at Obingwa Local Government Area was invaded by thugs on Sunday and officials held hostage in relation to the collation of results from the Local Government Area.
“The Commission met today, Monday 20th March 2023 and reviewed the conduct of the Governorship and State Assembly elections held nationwide on Saturday 18th March 2023. Arising from the meeting, the Commission took the decision to suspend forthwith further collation of the Governorship election results in some parts of Abia and Enugu States.
“It will be recalled that our office in Obingwa Local Government Area was invaded by thugs yesterday Sunday 19th March 2023 and our officials held hostage in relation to the collation of results from the Local Government Area. Similarly, reports from Enugu State call for a review of the results for the Governorship election from the two outstanding Local Government Areas of Nsukka and Nkanu East.
“Consequently, the Commission hereby suspends the collation of results in Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia State and the two outstanding Local Government Areas of Enugu State which are yet to be collated. A review will be undertaken immediately before the process is concluded.
“We appeal for the understanding and patience of voters, parties and candidates in the affected States,” the statement read.