The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has on Saturday stopped the bye-election into the vacant Ekiti East 1 State Constituency seat as a result of riotous atmosphere that dominated the election.
TOS News learnt that the riotous atmosphere caused by thugs allegedly led to the death of three persons while many more, including security personnel, voters and officials were injured.
Ward 7, Unit 7 Iworo in Omuo Ekiti was one of the places some gunmen ambushed during the voting process.
Consequently, INEC spokesperson, Festus Okoye, in reaction to the unfortunate development, also confirmed the death of some voters while “some INEC regular and ad hoc staff who sustained gunshot injuries during the melee are receiving medical attention.”
According to the commission, the violence caused by unknown gunmen started not long after the commencement of the voting exercise in various polling units.
“This situation is unacceptable. In its avowed commitment to electoral integrity, the Commission has suspended the election indefinitely. To continue with the process will amount to rewarding bad behavior. The security agencies are aware of this unfortunate situation and have commenced investigation.
“The Commission commiserates with the innocent victims of this dastardly act and affront to our democracy,” the commission concluded.
The Ekiti East 1 State Constituency seat became vacant after the death of Juwa Adegbuyi, a representative of the constituency, in February.