The Returning Officer(RO), Christian Ogbuagbu, in Imo State has handed over two collation officers to security agents over the manipulation of results in Ohaji/Egbema LGA.
According to reports, one of the collation officers, Ehirim Kelechi, confessed to the RO that after issuing duplicates of the results to party agents, he altered the original copy, injecting more than 1,000 votes to the results.
This was said to be discovered after the results he read out at the collation center was disputed by party agents and the RO compared the results.
The RO subsequently handed the matter over to security operatives who arrested them.
He said, “Ladies and Gentlemen, firstly, the results of the ward, Obitti/Mgbishi, stands canceled because after the CO had given the results to the agents, result manipulation was discovered.”
“I have been advised to note that the action constitutes electoral malpractice. I hereby hand over the case to the security agents to handle.”
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