By Anayo Okoli
UMUAHIA—THE Abia State chapter of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, said it was disappointed over the conduct and outcome of the 2019 general elections with a verdict that it left much to be desired. The party therefore called for urgent electoral reforms to clean up the nation’s electoral process.
The Abia State chairman of the party, Hon. Chidi Nwosu who presented the party’s report on the 2019 general election yesterday, said that the party arrived at the conclusion “after a comprehensive evaluation of reports collated from our party candidates, acting local government chairmen, ward chairmen and party agents”.
According to Nwosu, the Presidential and National Assembly polls in Abia witnessed an “uncontrolled and deliberate manipulation of election results in favour of the incumbent party in government”.
Nwosu said the governorship and state assembly polls were a cocktail of malpractices in spite of the fact that polls began early unlike in the previous presidential election of February 23.
He said that 2019 elections were characterized by “ballot box snatching, thugs harassing voters, manipulation of election results figures at ward and local government collation centres”, adding that “election officials at ward and local government headquaters compromised their positions by entering figures that never emanated from unit results form (EC 8A) on ward and local government results EC 8B and EC 8C, respectively.
“At local government and state constituency collation centres, collation officers entered arbitrary figures.In fact, they allocated figures to parties of their interest”, Nwosu alleged.