Fake ballot papers, result sheets trigger boycott in Abia

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The gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections in some vil­lages in Arochukwu ran into a hitch as voters in many polling units refused to vote on the ground that the ballot papers and the result sheets were fake. However in some centers, while voting was in progress, rumours filtered in that the election has been cancelled, which caused more confusion. In some units some Independent National Elector­al Commission, INEC ad hoc staff were alleged to be collud­ing with Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA agents, said they received instructions not to sign the result sheets.

At the centre in Arochukwu Col­lege of Education,( technical), suspected PDP thugs allegedly shot some one.

In Ania ward that has 25 poll­ing units, election didn’t hold, as none of the card readers func­tioned, leading to the Electoral Officer to reschedule the election for Sunday.
In some areas in Uzuakoli, where 500 voters were accred­ited, not more than 150 ballot papers were supplied.
In ward 2 Amaeke ward, Abam, election ended and the corps member escaped with the result sheet. In ward 009 in Oha­for, there was no election because of protests against fake voting materials
At Umusi polling booth in Ig­bere Bende LGA, INEC gave a voters’ register that has only 46 names.
Consequently, over 200 PVC-bearing voters that are not cap­tured in the register were disen­franchised.
The Polling Officer said he was acting according to instruc­tions

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