INEC cancels elections in parts of Abi, Cross River

Eme Offiong ,Calabar

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The Independent National Electoral Commission has cancelled elections in parts of Abi Local Government Area, Cross River State, southern Nigeria.

Professor Simon Odey Ering, who was the collation officer for the area attributed the cancellations to card reader malfunction, snatching of results sheets and tearing the same document, snatching of ballot boxes and violence.

The collation officer said in all 23 polling units were affected and 16, 170 votes cancelled in the affected areas.

He said that Abi local government area has 56, 591registered voters of which 21,378 were accredited to vote.

Ering said APC scored 7,387; PDP 13,035 and SDP 82 votes, noting “total valid votes cast were 20,703, rejected votes amounted to 300 and Total Votes Cast equalled 21,003”.

Shortly before the recess, Etung and Ikom local government areas results were presented.

In Etung, 29,853 people registered and only 12,910 were accredited.

APC had 3,892 votes; PDP 6,282 and SDP got just 82 votes, which again puts PDP in the lead.

There were 444 void votes, 20,309 valid votes making a total of 10,753 votes cast.

Ikom local government area has 105,769 registered voters and could only have 28,484 accredited for yesterday’s Governorship election.

APC recorded 10,049 votes, PDP 16,862 and SDP 180 votes, while void votes was pegged at 997, valid 27,487 all totalling 28,484.

More still presenting.

Ime Njoku