The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has suspended further collation of the governoship election results in Aba and Enugu state because of reports of attacks of INEC officials by thugs in the difference local government areas of those states.
This was confirmed in a press statement released by INEC National Commissioner and Chairman Voter Education Committee Barrister Festus Okoye on Monday 20th March 2023.
According to Festus Okoye, the suspension became imperative to enable the commission to start the review process of the election, and the results collected and announced so far.
Festus Okoye, made reference to the attack and holding of hostages of INEC officials by political thugs in Obin Ngwa in Aba and the reports of violence in Nssuka north and Nkanu east respectively.
The Commission therefore, pleaded for patience and understanding of voters, political parties and candidates involved in the effected areas of those states.
The Statement Reads:
INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION
SUSPENSION OF FURTHER COLLATION OF GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION RESULTS IN ABIA AND ENUGU STATES
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.
Barr. Festus Okoye
National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee
Monday 20th March 2023