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Kwara INEC Alleged Of Comprising, Tempering With Election Materials


A socio-political organization in Kwara state, Kwara Advancement Initiative, has raised the alarm that sensitive election materials meant for presidential and National Assembly elections in the state last Saturday and kept for safekeeping in the CBN have been tampered with.

The group in a statement signed by its leader, Kamaldeen Olanrewaju, and made available to journalists in Ilorin on Monday said that sensitive materials like the ballot papers, result sheets, and card readers, that were transported to Kwara state for the election, had allegedly been tampered with by some INEC officials in connivance with some leaders of one of the main political parties in the state.

The statement, which called attention of the media, observers, civil society groups and the general public to allegations, also called on security agencies in the state, particularly the police to urgently conduct an investigation into this matter and ensure that justice is done, KWARA REPORTERS NEWS reports.

“Kwarans should also be at alert and resist attempts by any political party and the electoral body to manipulate elections in the state. We want a free, fair and credible elections in Kwara”, he said.

In his reaction, the INEC director, Voter Education and Enlightenment in the state, Jacob Ayanda, said that the report was not true.

Ayanda, who said that every process of the election had been done in full glare of members of the public, political parties and media, added that these stakehokders were there when the electoral body returned the election materials to the CBN.

He said that ballot papers had not been opened because the electoral process had not got to level of being opened.

He said that the election materials were retrieved from the local government areas immediately after the postponement of the presidential and National Assembly elections last Saturday.

“All the political party agents, media will be there when the election materials will be taken back from the CBN again for the election purposes. It will be counted and the number and materials included would be countered checked by all stakeholders involved. There’s no secret about about it.

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