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    INEC to hold fresh elections in 59 Kogi polling units on Nov. 18

    The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says its will conduct fresh elections in 59 polling units in the Ogori/Magongo LGA of Kogi State on Saturday, November 18, 2023.

    INEC National Commissioner, Mohammed Haruna, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday night, November 12.

    The electoral body said it received an update from Kogi regarding the suspension of elections in some locations in the state where result sheets were completed before the commencement of voting.

    According to the statement, “The most critical incident occurred in nine out of 10 Wards in Ogori/Magongo Local Government Area (LGA).

    We received reports of similar and other incidents in Adavi (5 Polling Units in Okunchi/Ozuri/Onieka Ward), Ajaokuta (5 Polling Units in Adogo Ward), Okehi (1 Polling Unit in Eika/Ohizenyi Ward) and Okene (5 Polling Units in Obehira Uvete Ward). Results from the affected Polling Units have been accounted for in Form EC40G for the four LGAs.

    However, in the case of Ogori/Magongo LGA, only the result of Oshobane Ward II with eight Polling Units and 2,264 registered voters has been collated. Election in the other nine Wards (Eni, Okibo, Okesi, Ileteju, Aiyeromi, Ugugu, Obinoyin, Obatgben and Oturu) involving 59 Polling Units and 15,136 registered voters remain suspended.

    In line with Section 24(3) of the Electoral Act 2022 and Clause 59 of INEC Regulations and Guidelines on the Conduct of Elections 2022, a fresh election will be held on Saturday 18th November 2023 in the affected Polling Units.”

    Recall that election results from 18 of the 21 local government areas in the state have been collated as of Sunday evening.

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