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General News of Monday, 27 February 2023


INEC postpones announcement of election results in C’River

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INEC has postponed the announcement of election results in Cross River State till 10 a.m. on Monday.

This was disclosed by Gabriel Yomere, INEC’S resident electoral commissioner, (REC) for Cross River on Sunday night at the state collation centre in Calabar.

According to him, the postponement was due to the fact that they have received the result of only Etung Local Government Area, out of the 18 LGAs in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the postponement was the second time on Sunday due to the lack of results coming in from the 18 LGAs in the state.

The event which was earlier scheduled for 12 noon was postponed to 7 p.m. because no results had been received as of the time.

In an interview with journalists at the state collation in Calabar, Mr Yomere said they were supposed to commence the collation by 7 p.m. but at about 9 p.m. only the result from Etung LGA was available for announcement.

“We all know that election continued till Sunday in some LGAs in the state and in many of them especially from the northern part of Cross River collation was still on at the Ward level.

“Also, we all know that from Cross River North to Calabar takes about six to seven hours; by the time they finish the collation at the ward levels there, it would be about 12 midnight and they can only get to Calabar by 7 a.m. or 8 a.m. on February 27.

“Just taking one result and waiting all through the night is not profitable, so, the state collation officer and myself decided to shift the announcement to 10 a.m. on February 27,” he said.

NAN also reports that the INEC Secretariat in Calabar, venue of the collation and announcement of the result of the presidential and national assembly elections in Cross River, was heavily guarded by armed military and paramilitary officials.