The state’s resident electoral commissioner, Professor Francis Ezeonu
The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC says a significant number of its workers and ad-hoc personnel sent to Ngor Okpala for the State House of Assembly bye-election have been abducted.
Professor Francis Ezeonu, the state’s resident electoral commissioner, announced this while briefing reporters in his office in Owerri.
He stated that he had received distress calls from members of staff who were being kept captive and made to fingerprint the bimodal verification and accreditation system, BIVAS.
However, he didn’t say which political party the staff were forced to thumbprint for.
Professor Ezeonu pleaded with security forces to protect the safety of the abducted workers, the majority of whom he said were corps members.
He added that the commission had also received complaints of ballot box snatching at some polling units and assured voters that INEC would not accept results that did not correspond to the number of accredited voters or were fabricated from places where voting did not occur.
Reporting by Chinazo Ilechukwu, Editing by Omotola Oguneye and Saadatu Albashir