INEC cancels rerun in eight Cross River polling units

The Independent National Electoral Commission has canceled the rerun election in eight polling units of Afafanyi/Igonigoni Ward in Cross River State.

The electoral body explained in a statement that it took the decision as a result of the violence recorded in the ward.

It added that the Election was not conducted in eight polling units of the riverine area due to kidnap of the Supervisory Presiding Officer and hijack of election materials by gunmen.

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INEC says the kidnapped victim later regained freedom from his abductors while the gunmen refused to release the sensitive and non-sensitive materials in their possession.

Items stolen include nine smart card readers, ballot papers, and several result sheets among others.

INEC confirmed that no life was lost during the incident, but a policeman was injured.

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