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INEC declares elections inconclusive in Kogi East

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The elections for Kogi East senatorial district and Dekina/Bassa Federal Constituency have been declared inconclusive due to widespread violence, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, said yesterday.

INEC Adhoc Staff arranging non sensitive material at Ward A’ Kofar Baru 003 Sakin Yara Polling Unit during the 2019 National Assembly and Presidential Elections in Daura, Katsina State on Saturday

Professor Rotimi Ajayi, INEC Returning Officer for the senatorial election, who made the announcement at the collation centre in Idah, said election did not hold in 129 polling units across the district.

Ajayi said some polling unit elections were cancelled, as he announced that APC polled 113,772 votes; PDP, 69,131 and ADC, 30,696 votes.

According to him, report from Bassa Local Government Area revealed that “a registration area with the name Mozum, which has 12 polling units refused to vote.”

Ajayi said a new date for the re-run of the polls would be announced after necessary arrangements were made.

On Saturday, the elections did not hold in four units in Anyigba, Dekina Local Government, as gun-wielding hoodlums invaded the polling units in Ajetachi, Etiaja, Abuja and CMML Primary School unit 005.

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In Ajetachi, a student of Kogi State University, Daniel Usman, who was in queue to vote, was gunned down by the hoodlums who invaded the polling unit in Toyota Sienna SUV.

In Igalamela-Odolu Local Government Area with 65,129 registered voters and 16,543 accredited, elections in four polling units were cancelled within Ofuloko, which has 1,145 registered voters.

The local government also witnessed violent activities in Odolu town as thugs, also in a Sienna bus, shot one Adebayo Adebunmi and kidnapped Mr. Friday Sani, member representing Igalamela-Odolu constituency at the state House of Assembly.

In Bassa Local Government Area, out of 58,892 registered voters, 19,587 were accredited to vote: elections in nine polling units with 6,068 voters were cancelled, while elections did not take place in some of the units.

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