A ballot box filled with ballot is pictured before being counted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at a polling station in Yenagoa in Bayelsa State ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Abuja - Parties and observers have decried the decision by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to cancel election results from the 165 polling units of Donga local government council of Taraba State.
This follows alleged election malpractice and snatching of ballot papers in five of the units.
CAJ News established that several polling units and wards in eight other local government councils of the state had been cancelled.
The situation had made it impossible for the commission to make public the results of the governorship election.
The cancellation almost caused commotion in the collation centre located in the premises of the INEC as observers and some party agents frowned at the decision by the commission's returning officer in charge of the state, Prof. Mohammed Kyari.
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Rather than canceling the elections in the entire wards of the council, observers and some of the party agents felt that INEC should have cancelled election in the affected polling units.
In their presentations all the returning officers from the affected wards and polling units identified the snatching of ballot boxes, destruction of card readers and election material, over voting as well unrest as the major reasons for the cancellation of the elections at the various wards and units.
Not pleased with the development, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) agent, Rebo Usman, described the action of the INEC returning officer as “unjust".
Other observers including the representative of the Nigeria Bar Association decried INEC action of venting anger on the entire Donga council instead of the five affected polling units.
As at the time of sending this report, the PDP was comfortably leading in the results declared from the 14 out of the 16 local government councils in the state with a margin of 63 430 votes.