Sunday, May 8, 2011

Rochas Okorocha wins Imo Election

Imo Election: Rochas Okorocha wins - Below is the final election results in Imo State. ACN 107068, ALP 1078, ANPP 3313, APGA 336859, HMP 1678, APS 364, BNPP 234, CDC 447, CPC 3063, DFPF 163, PPP 563, FPN 101, FRESH 122, LP 1549, NPP 790, PDP 290496, PPA 1698, PRP 275, SDMP 1103

Oguta Council poll stalemated  - While security chiefs and the supervising REC's are still meeting, the electoral materials are already being evacuated to Owerri, the state capital, for safe keeping.

Some male protesters attacked by soldiers, dispersed in Oguta LGA.

Twenty minutes later, a defiant crowd of women protesters, daring soldiers marched to the INEC office in Oguta calling for the cancellation of the election.

Election materials are yet to be distributed in Oguta Local Government Area but there are protesters calling for cancellation of the election, alleging plot to draw the election into the night to perfect rigging.

Numerous cars, buses and trailers with many passengers and passers-by are stranded at the security barricade on Onitsha road, which is the entry point to Mbaitoli Local Government Area, in line with the enforcement of election monitoring directive issued by the security agencies.

Mbaitoli Local Government Area is one of the councils where the supplementary election is taking place today.

In spite of police deployment of 10, 000 men to the election, there was no single police or security official at Polling Unit 008, Orodo Ward A, which is adjacent to an INEC office in Mbaitolu.

Impressive voter turnouts in the Imo State supplementary election but many of the voters are disappointed by the late commencement of the exercise in some areas.

The Nigeria Army apprehended over 120 suspected political thugs in Mbaitoli and Ngor/Okpala LGA's between 5:20am and 6:30am today. Sagir Musa, a lieutenant colonel and assistant public relations unit of 81 divisions confirmed the arrests.

The thugs were in buses from Onitsha and neighbouring states. Preliminary findings indicate that they had been documented and handed over to the Imo State police command.

As at 11.30am, accreditation was yet to commence in Oguta and Mbaitoli Council areas. It was, however, not certain why the election processes had not commenced.

All this points out that the election was not really free and fair as many considered it to be.

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