Inconclusive Reps election: Akwa Ibom group threatens legal action against INEC

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A group, Akwa Ibom Integrity Alliance, has threatened to institute legal action against the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, over its failure to conclude the re-run elections for the House of Representatives seat in the Ikono/Ini Federal Constituency of the state.

DAILY POST recalls that INEC had cancelled the supplementary election of Ikono/Ini Federal Constituency, held on Saturday, April 15, over cases of violence by suspected thugs.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Cyril Omoregbe, while announcing the nullification, said INEC would not uphold a process that has been marred with violence and irregularities.

It was gathered that during the rerun, suspected fake army officers invaded some polling units and attacked electoral officers and voters, resulting in the shooting of a National Youth Service Corps member.

However, the group, in a press statement signed by its chairman, Barr Stephen Abia, and made available to journalists in Uyo on Friday, also begged the Inspector General of Police, Alkali Usman Baba, to investigate and bring to book all the perpetrators of violence at the bye-election that led to the shooting of a corps member on legitimate electoral duties.

Abia explained that the 17 polling units in Itak remain the focus of the bye-election as they have over 6, 000 votes and would be a deciding factor on who could be the next representative for the constituency.

He added that it would not be fair, if the people of Itak who have the highest vote strength, were denied the privilege to exercise their rights due to the unfortunate incident.

While calling on INEC to fix a fresh date for another rerun, Abia called for adequate security during the polls so that people’s confidence in the electoral umpire would be restored.

“We are calling on the Independent National Electoral Commission to fix a fresh date for the conduct of the House of Representatives Election of Ikono/Ini Federal Constituency of the Akwa Ibom State.

“The people of the area needed to exercise their constitutional right of voting; any failure to yield to the people’s demand, we will have no option but to seek legal redress,” Abia said.

Source Link: https://dailypost.ng/2023/05/05/inconclusive-reps-election-akwa-ibom-group-threatens-legal-action-against-inec/

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