The Plateau State Head of Electoral Operations of the Independent Electoral Commission INEC in Plateau State, North Central Nigeria Mr. Yagba Kundu has been relieved of his post as investigations continue over his involvement in electoral malpractice;
The Plateau State Police Public Relations Officer PPRO, DSP Matthias Terna in an interview with Voice of Nigeria in Jos the Plateau State capital said his men had recovered some sensitive materials in the possession of the electoral officer after official distribution had ended.
Mr. Kundu who was responsible for distributing electoral materials to various Local Governments is said to have kept the Result Sheets and Collation register flaunting the electoral law guiding the handling of such materials.
On arrival at the State INEC office , the electoral Commission chief was accosted by security officers who sought to know why he was in possession of the sensitive materials. Despite his plea that it was a mistake, the security officers arrested and handed him over to the state police command.
Meanwhile the opposition Peoples Democratic Party PDP gubernatorial candidate in Plateau State , North Central Nigeria had earlier accused the Resident Electoral Commissioner REC, of Plateau State Independent electoral Commission of colluding with the All Progressives Congress. The party also accused security officials of tampering with some electoral materials kept in Nigeria’s apex bank, the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.
The deputy Governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Dr. David Dalok speaking with Voice of Nigeria alleged that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is conniving with the electoral official to rig the coming election.
In response to this allegation, the Police Public relations Officer confirmed that the affected officer had been relieved of his duty to allow the police carry out its investigations.
The Force PRO gave assurance that the Police provide adequate security during and after the elections to instill confidence in the voting public.
The gubernatorial and State House of Assembly elections will hold in 2631 polling units across seventeen Local government areas of the State.