INEC, APC tampered with Kwara election materialS – Group


A group known as Kwara Advancement Initiative, has alleged that
sensitive election materials meant for the conduct of the postponed
presidential and national assembly elections in Kwara state were
tampered with.

The group in a statement signed by its coordinator, Kamaldeen
Olanrewaju and made available to newsmen in Ilorin yesterday alleged
that “there are strong indications that sensitive election materials –
ballot papers, result sheets, and card readers – transported to Kwara
state for the elections and returned to the CBN office in Ilorin have
been tampered with by some INEC officials in connivance with APC
leaders in the state.”

Reacting to the allegation, the INEC’s Director, Voter Education and
Media, Jacob Ayanda, said that the report was not true.

Ayanda, said that every process of the election had been done in full
glare of members of the public, political parties and media.

The INEC spokesperson added that the stakeholders were there when the
electoral body returned the election materials to the CBN.

Ayanda said that ballot papers had not been opened because the
electoral process had not got to that level before the poll was
postponed.

He said that the election materials were retrieved from the local
government areas immediately after the postponement of the
presidential and National Assembly elections last Saturday.

“All the political party agents, media will be there when the election
materials will be taken back from the CBN again for the election
purposes. It will be counted and the number and materials included
would be counter checked by all stakeholders involved. There’s no
secret about it. No ballot paper has been tampered with. It is at the
polling units that the materials will be opened for all to see. Party
agents will be present at every stage of the election process,” he
said.

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