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Imo re-run: 25 INEC officials nabbed for thumb printing ballot papers

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Not fewer than 25 officials of the Independent National
Electoral Commission, INEC were yesterday arrested in
various polling booths in Oru East Local Government
Areas of Imo State during supplementary governorship
and House of Assembly elections. Although the police
authorities in the state could not confirm this when
contacted on telephone, Sunday Mirror reliably gathered:

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Not fewer than 25 officials of the Independent National
Electoral Commission, INEC were yesterday arrested in
various polling booths in Oru East Local Government Areas
of Imo State during supplementary governorship and House
of Assembly elections. Although the police authorities in the
state could not confirm this when contacted on telephone,
Sunday Mirror reliably gathered that the officials were
nabbed while thumping printing ballot papers in the private
homes of some chieftains of political parties participating in
the exercise while others were also arrested for snatching
of ballot boxes. Also arrested were fake INEC officials, who
posed as Returning Officers at the Collation Centre. The Edo
State Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Mike Igini,
who was among the INEC team deployed for the election,
who made the arrest, said that the INEC officials were
arrested at Umumma primary school Ward 10 Polling Unit
008, Polling Unit 003 and three others. “Myself
accompanied by the Assistant Inspector General of Police
and Commissioner Police have arrested poll officials in Oru
East involved in mass thumb printing and are now taken to
Owerri” He said that upon his suspicion he saw an imposter
who claimed to be lNEC staff without proof acting as a
presiding officer and he ordered for his arrest. Also
responding, the Imo State REC, Dr. Gabriel Ada, confirmed
the incident when contacted on phone, said that the
Electoral officer EO in charge of Oru East has already
briefed him of the arrest. Meanwhile, the election was
relatively peaceful and orderly in the various units visited as
election materials arrived on time while accreditation of
voters commenced as early as 8.30 to 9am.There was an
low turnout of voters at some of the polling units visited at
Oru East LGA.

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