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There were discrepancies in Cross River elections, observers tell INEC

Posted: Apr 6, 2015 at 2:45 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Innocent Oweh  –  Correspondent, Abuja


Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Attahiru Jega, has been asked to exercise restraint in the issuance of  Certificate of Return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Southern Senatorial District candidate in Cross River State, Gershom Bassey.

This was the position of Centre for Credible Leadership and Citizens and African Students Association of Ireland (ASAI) which are both accredited local and international election observers in the March 28 presidential and National Assembly elections.

At a media conference in Abuja at the weekend, Director of the Centre Nwambu Gabriel and Vera Nwabuwe of ASAI urged INEC to conduct proper investigation into the election that took place at that District.

They called for fresh election in Biase and Akmkpa local governments noting that proper election took place there before the card readers failed.

The election observers also asked INEC to investigate Governor Liyel Imoke over what they described as his role in manipulating polls in the District adding that if found guilty, he should be sanctioned for attempting to mutilate the impeccable integrity of Professor Jega.

They also said that all INEC staff in both local government areas that were culpable should be transferred and sanctioned accordingly.

“In Cross River state Southern Senatorial Elections, a paradox of President Goodluck Jonathan was however displayed with so many affronts, violating the rights of citizens and electorates with so much impunity.

“In the Southern Senatorial District of Cross River State, unprecedented deceit, political rape on our democracy and manoeuvre by governor Imoke was seen across the state.” The observers noted.