By Onome Oghenetega
The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, says the commission has replaced malfunctioned smart card readers being used at the ongoing Edo State governorship election.
He also confirmed reports that some electoral materials deployed to Ward 9, Unit 15 of Egor local government of the state had been hijacked unknown political thugs in the area.
Prof. Mahmood made the confirmation on Saturday in Abuja in his preliminary address at the “Edo Governorship Election Virtual Situation Control Room” which is holding through Zoom.
The commission also confirmed a shooting incident in Orhionmwon local government area of the state, disclosing that INEC was currently working with security agencies to address the situation.
He assured that the commission will ensure the peaceful conduct of the ongoing governorship election across the state.
Mahmood warned that the electoral umpire might be forced to take stringent decision on results that may emanate from the council owing the stuffing of materials in Ego and other parts of the state.
He condemned reports of vote-buying and selling also frowned at the violation of Covid-19 safety protocols especially with regards to the social distancing rule.