Umeh blasts INEC for alleged manipulations

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The Senator representing Anambra central and candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Victor Umeh has lashed out at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for leaving its flanks open for manipulations during last Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections in Anambra State.

He called for cancellation of the exercise in all the troubled areas identified during the polls. Umeh, while briefing reporters on Tuesday at his Aguluzigbo country home, said INEC lost control of the exercise in the area.

The Senator argued this was why the outcome of the election could not be declared three days after it ended.

Umeh contested the Anambra Central senatorial election with Mrs. Uche Ekwunife of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) and Chief Sylvester Okonkwo of the All Progressive Congress APC as his main opponents.

The commission has not declared the result for the contest despite releasing the presidential results owing to alleged anomalies observed in some polling units at Obosi and Abatete, both in Idemili North local government area in the zone.

He said the fact that election results for Anambra Central had not been declared was an indication that all was not well, adding that all of them should hold their celebrations at least for now.

According to him: “INEC said that accreditation must be done with card readers but in majority of the places, card reader did not work and the electoral umpire resorted to the use of manual voting, which made it to lose control of the exercise.

“The results being turned out by INEC in the one showed that card reader did not work. In my place where it worked, the proper thing was done.

“In Obosi and Abatete, for instance, where violence marred the exercise, INEC was still trying to generate results several days after the election.

“The election was highly manipulated in Anambra Central and that is why INEC is finding it difficult to release the result.

“In many places where the card reader was not used, hoodlums were brought in buses and they voted without proper accreditation.”

He went on: “Because it lost control, INEC resorted to asking agents of political parties to bring their duplicate copies to enable it compute the results, which is not proper.

“If the commission does not have original result, then there is nothing to compute.

“INEC left some flanks open for manipulation, which was why even unregistered people were allowed to vote in some polling units.

“The INEC guideline specifically said that in the event of card reader not working, the election should be shifted.

“Since INEC cannot arrive at anything after three days of the election, the only way to remove the impasse is for the election to be cancelled in the affected places so that the card reader can be used.”

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