Edo Poll: Following Closed-door Meeting, INEC Suspends Collation Of Results


The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, around midnight on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 suspended the collation of results of Wednesday’s governorship election in Edo State, a report from the state capital Benin City said.

The report, by Vanguard, quoted the resident electoral commissioner for Edo, Sam Olumekun, as saying that collation of results would commence on Thursday.

“Olumekun disclosed this in Benin on Wednesday after a closed-door meeting with a National Commissioner and two Resident Electoral Commissioners at 11.20 p.m. He, however, did not give reasons for the shift in date for the exercise,” the report said.

The decision to commence the collation on Thursday could be traced to the late arrival of results from the 18 local government areas of the state.

A reporter for the newspaper who visited INEC office in Benin reports that security was tight while movement to the area had been restricted to only accredited officers and staff.

At the INEC office, party agents, journalists and election observers were seen waiting for the commencement of collation of results from the local government areas.

A source close to the commission said that those waiting for the collation had the option to wait or come back on Thursday for the exercise.

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