INEC declares Imo senatorial rerun poll inconclusive

By Achike Amadi, Owerri

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the result of the rerun Imo North Senatorial District election inconclusive.

The commission also declared as inconclusive, the results of Oru East and Isiala Mbano State Constituencies following reported cases of violence which characterised the exercise in some communities in the two affected areas. 

The shootings were reported at Okata and Amiri in Oru East, while skirmishes and snatching of ballot boxes characterised the election in some communities in Isiala Mbano area. 

Prof. Arinze Agbogu, the INEC Returning Officer for Imo North Senatorial District who announced the result on Sunday, however said that Mr Ben Uwajumogu, APC’s senatorial candidate, polled 48,921.

Agbogu also announced that PDP’s Athan Achonu scored 40,142 votes to emerge second in the already declared result. 

He explained that results of several polling units in Isiala Mbano area were characterised by irregularities leading to cancelation of the results. 

Agbogu explained that the exercise was cancelled in 15 polling units with a total of 13,000 registered voters. 

According to him, the difference between the candidate with the highest score and the second stood at 8,777 votes.

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