Pockets of violence disrupt voting in parts of Kogi

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Hauwa Abubakar, Lokoja

Violence, ballot box snatching and vote buying have been reported in some parts of Kogi state as the governorship election and Kogi West Senatorial district re-run holds.

According to reports from election observers, some polling units in Lokoja, the state capital have witnessed ballot box snatching amid gunshots being fired into the air to disperse voters.

Voice of Nigeria reports that in Adankolo, and parts of Ganaja, in Lokoja, gunshots were being heard as they were shot with no confirmed casualties.

Center for Democracy and Development, CDD West Africa, an election Think Tank said that in various Polling units, there have been intimidation of observers and journalists.

“These intimidations are attempts to stop the flow of the integrity of elections,” it stated.

During a press briefing which was also livestreamed on Twitter, the Director of CDD West Africa, Idayat Hassan said ‘preliminary findings of the CDD Election Analysis Centre showed that the riotous environment in many voting areas undermined the participation of eligible voters.”

Meanwhile, collation of results has begun in some parts of the state.

Electoral umpire INEC, earlier released guidelines and procedures to follow for the successful collation of results across all polling units.

“Collation & Transmission of Election Results (a) At the end of declaration of PU result, the PO shall proceed immediately to the RA/Ward collation centre & nowhere else accompanied by assistant presiding officers, Polling Agents & security officers.

“(b) The PO shall submit the completed original Result Form EC8A and incidence Report Forms EC40H and EC40H(1) to the RA/ward collation officer,” it said.

INEC added “The RA (Returning Officer)/Ward collation officer collates results from all PUs as contained in respective Form EC8As and enters them in Ward Collation Result Form EC8B and where applicable to complete the incidence Report Form EC40G for places where election did not hold and /or disrupted.

It adds that such area should proceed immediately to the LGA collation centre accompanied by polling Agents and Security Officers.

Lateefah Ibrahim