In a recent press release from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), shocking incidents of electoral malpractices have been reported in Kogi State. The malpractices, notably the completion of result sheets before voting, have marred the integrity of the electoral process.
Reports point to widespread irregularities in Adavi, Ajaokuta, Ogori/Magongo, Okehi, and Okene Local Government Areas. The most severe infractions occurred in Ogori/Magongo, impacting nine out of ten Registration Areas.
In response to these unacceptable actions, the Commission has taken a decisive stand against rewarding such behavior. Consequently, the election in the nine Wards of Ogori/Magongo LGA, namely Eni, Okibo, Okesi, Ileteju, Aiyeromi, Ugugu, Obinoyin, Obatgben, and Oturu, has been immediately suspended.
A thorough investigation into incidents in other Local Government Areas is underway, with outcomes and next steps expected to be announced within the next 24 hours. The Commission is diligently following the audit trail of personnel and materials, aiming to identify those complicit in undermining the electoral process. All officials at various levels, from supervisors to polling unit staff, will face appropriate sanctions where necessary.
Despite these challenges, INEC assures voters in Kogi State that their votes remain protected, and their democratic rights will be upheld. Mohammed Kudu Haruna, National Commissioner & Member of the Information and Voter Education Committee, delivered this message on Saturday, November 11, 2023. Stay tuned for further updates on this developing situation.