INEC to resume collation of Abia governorship election result

THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that it will resume collating the result of the Abia State governorship election today, Wednesday, March 22.

The Head of Voter Education and Publicity at the INEC office in Abia State, Rebecca Jim, who announced the development, said the suspended collation will resume at 4:00 pm.

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She confirmed that the presiding officer and state administrative secretary, who were earlier invited to the INEC headquarters in Abuja, will return to Abia State to complete the collation process.



    The announcement follows the suspension of further collation of governorship election results in some parts of Abia and Enugu states by INEC.

    As previously reported by The ICIR on Monday, INEC halted the collation process after thugs invaded the Commission’s office in Obingwa Local Government Area on Sunday, March 19. The thugs reportedly held INEC officials hostage, in relation to the collation of results from the Local Government Area.

    Allegations of over-voting trailed the suspension and the state presiding officer and administrative secretary were summoned to Abuja by the INEC leadership.

    Supporters of the leading candidates, Alex Otti of the Labour Party and Okey Ahiwe of the Peoples Democratic Party have been urging INEC to declare the winner of the election.

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