By Joy Odor
The lndependent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has received a report from the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Ekiti State that the bye-election to fill the vacancy for the Ekiti East 1 State Constituency holding Saturday, has been disrupted by violent attacks on voters, election officials and security personnel.
The National Commissioner and Chairman,
Information and Voter Education Committee, Barrister Festus Okoye Esq in a press statement to newsman noted that the Commission made adequate arrangements for the election.
He said personnel and materials arrived on time in all the 39 Polling Units spread across 5 Wards of the Constituency for the 23,670 registered voters to exercise their franchise in a free and fair process.
However, no sooner had voting commenced than unidentified gunmen unleashed mayhem at some Polling Units, thereby disrupting the process.
Unfortunately, some innocent voters were shot dead, while a policeman, some INEC regular and ad hoc staff who sustained gunshot injuries during the melee are receiving medical attention.
This situation is unacceptable and in its avowed commitment to electoral integrity, the Commission has suspended the election indefinitely.
To continue with the process will amount to rewarding bad behavour.
The security agencies are aware of this unfortunate situation and have commenced investigation.
The Commission commiserates with the innocent victims of this dastardly act and affront to our democracy.
Festus Okoye Esq.
National Commissioner and Chairman,
Information and Voter Education Committee
20th March 2021.