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Caught In The Act: Rivers Youths Nab INEC Officials Thumb-printing Ballot Papers

A few days after the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, admitted the results of the March 28 election in Rivers State, vigilant Khana youths have caught some officials of the commission thumb-printing ballot papers at the commission’s office in Bori, Headquarters of Khana Local Govt Area.

Acting on a tip-off, the  youths were able to video the officials and others who supervised the thumb-printing; further crippling Jega’s claim that there was no substantial evidence to cancel the elections in Rivers State.

One of the officials under condition of anonymity, disclosed that the action was arrived at to justify the results tendered and provide evidence in preparation for tribunal. The ballot papers from the March 28 presidential and National Assembly elections were all being thumb-printed by the PDP.

Jega had during the collation of votes of the March 28 elections admitted the results, which indicated that PDP scored 1,487,075 to APC’s 69,238 votes from the state.

He claimed that there was no substantial evidence to cancel election results in the state based on the report of an investigative committee that visited Port Harcourt, but acknowledged administrative deficiencies during the conduct of the polls.

The APC in the state challenged Jega’s claims, observing that “even a child will not believe that a state like Rivers, controlled by the party, would record less than 70,000 votes without a single candidate as against the opposition party scoring over 1.4 million.”

Senator Magnus Abe, Rivers South-East Senatorial candidate of the APC who received the electoral materials from the Khana youths, urged the CID unit of the police to commence a full scale investigation and prosecute the INEC and police officials involved in the fraud.

“As you can see, before me are INEC ballot papers from Khana. At about 12 p.m. youths stumbled on some INEC officials in their office in Bori, where they brought in presiding officers and supervisors to thumbprint ballot papers and doctored results all in favour of PDP,” he said.

 

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