February 26, 2019

How soldiers carted off Okrika results sheets — Electoral Officer

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The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Electoral Officer for Okrika Local Government Area of Rivers State, Mr. Leo Okon, has said soldiers invaded INEC office in Okrika and snatched the results of last Saturday presidential and National Assembly elections for the council.Osun election

Speaking at Rivers East Senatorial District Collation Centre yesterday, the Okrika council Electoral Officer said the invading soldiers were led by a Captain.

He regretted that prior to snatching the entire results, the soldiers frightened the collation officials through shootings and violence.

According to him, the Collation Officers moved to the INEC office because of  widespread violence on election day.

He stated that earlier on election day, some security personnel snatched election materials for some wards, which he listed. However, he said elections held in all the other wards.

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Leo Okon said: “I am here to present a report on the presidential and National Assembly elections for Okrika Local Government Area. We actually deployed men and materials for the elections.

“It will interest you to know that materials for wards 6, 7, 8, 9 were going to the super RAC centre; but I was informed that the materials were diverted to an unknown destination.

“Election at every other ward went on successfully. Elections were held. At the end of polls, there were heavy gunshots.

“Poll officials could not collate form EC 8a at the polling units. They opted to come to INEC office at Okrika for solace and to continue filling form EC 8a.

“At the collation for ward level, a military team of soldiers led by one Captain came and ordered the suspension of collation. He ordered  his men to take away every other material, including the results being collated by the collation officials.

“The materials were carted away with nothing left for me to present as evidence for this election. As I speak with you, I have no record or results to present for collation at this collation centre.”