- INEC confirms electoral materials were stolen
- The incidence happened in 4 LGAs
- Zero will be counted for affected areas
Report from Cross River state has confirmed that electoral materials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were hijacked on Saturday, March 9, 2019 during the governorship and house of assembly elections.
INEC confirmed that the incidence happened in four local government areas of the state.
The affected council areas are: Abi, Bakassi, Obubra and Etung.
Cross River INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Dr. Frankland Briyai, confirmed the development shortly after monitoring the voting process at some polling units in Calabar Municipality and Calabar South.
He said that report of hijack at Yakurr Local Government Area of the state had yet to be confirmed, noting that the Commission would record zero scores in all areas where materials were hijacked.
“We have had cases of hijack of materials today. I got a call on hijack of materials in Abi, Bakassi, Obubra and Etung local government areas.
“In Yakurr Local Government Area, I got a call concerning hijack of materials but I am yet to confirm that.
“I have said it before, if they deliberately refuse to make use of the card reader by hijacking electoral materials, the affected areas will score zero.
“Every Crossriverian and politician is aware of this.’’The Punch
He, however, expressed satisfaction with high turnout of voters in some areas and applauded voters for their peaceful conduct during accreditation and voting.
“The security agents were doing their work accordingly in all the areas we visited and I must commend them for that,’’ he added.
Counting of votes are ongoing across the country at the time of compiling this report. But Cross River is a PDP state where the incumbent Prof. Ben Ayade is seeking reelection for another term.