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
Owerri - The Independent National
Electoral Commission (INEC), has fixed April 25 for re-run of the 2015
Governorship and some constituencies in the state House of Assembly elections
Dr Gabriel Ada, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Imo
State, announced this at a news conference in Owerri on Wednesday.
It is recalled that INEC had
declared the April 11 governorship polls in Imo inconclusive.
This followed the cancellation of elections in more than 250
polling units in 23 of the 27 local government areas.
According to Ada, the state constituencies affected in the
re-run include: Ikeduru, Isiala Mbano, Isu, Oguta, Owerri West, and Oru East.
Ada explained that INEC ordered re-run for the governorship election
because of the 79,000 difference between the votes scored by the leading and
the second candidates.
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"The registered voters in the affected polling units are
more than 145,000 and when you consider this figure with the difference, you
discover that it was quite substantial number of voters’’, he said.
Ada, who gave a breakdown of the state assembly results
where the exercise had been concluded, said APC won 16 seats, PDP five, while
six were inconclusive.
He further explained that some ad-hoc workers were being
investigated for their roles in the manipulation of results during March 28 and
April 11 elections.
"We have several cases of figures being subverted from
polling units to ward and down to the local government areas.
"INEC is investigating all these matters and those found
culpable will be prosecuted’’, he said.
Ada told reporters that the commission would continue to do
its best to ensure that the elections remained free, fair and credible and
advised people to respect the rules.