Presidential Election Results: International Observers Lament Malpractices

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The International Election Observers, Pan African Women Projects has lamented the alleged snatching of ballot boxes in Akwa Ibom State.

The Publicity Secretary of PAN Projects Mphoentie Keitseng this in Uyo on Wednesday.

According to her,  “There were lots of ballot box snatching in lots of polling units and thump printing was ongoing at the opposition party office in the state.

“Our observers reported ballot boxes being snatched and carted away by hoodlums after interaction with various party agents at the unit 12 ward 2 in Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area.

“The result sheets were missing in Ewang in Mbo LGA of the state.”

In addition, he lamented that the “Violence almost led to loss of lives as there were no security agents present at Unit 12 ward 6, Obio Offot, Uyo and Ibesikpo area.

“The collation of materials at some collation centres was characterised by thuggery and intimidation of Electoral Officers, ad hoc staff and corps members by security personnel.

“In Essien Udom, accredited observers were stopped by the thugs and violently barred from accessing collation centre.”

She said “There was late arrival of materials during the elections in Uyo and some LGAs in the state.

“Many returning officers were attacked by thugs at various collation centres in Akwa Ibom, because officers refuse to adjust result sheets in favour of a certain candidate that truly lost the election.”

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