Exclusive Details: As Usual, Irregularities Trail Nigerian Local Elections


***Snatching of Ballot Box in Madagali Ward.

***Michika Ward gets 200 Ballot boxes instead of 1, 000

***Security Agents beat up, harass CPC observers at Yola South LGA.

***CPC Agents reject plans to conduct secret voting in Guyuk LGA, opts for open secret as approved by INEC.


Police arrest Martins Babale, former House of Reps member for PDP representing with six ballot boxes ostensibly to be stuffed by at Ganye 2 ward in Ganye LGA


At Mayo/Farang ward 1 and Sebore Ahmadu ward 1 in Mayo Belwa LGA, Observers witnessed some persons said to be PDP agents calling out returning officers for the polling units into a house under police protection where they were allegedly given substantial amount of money to influence the outcome of the votes cast.


There were also incidents of PDP agents seen distributing money to voters publicly without security agencies doing anything to stop such electoral malpractices.


At Michika, the home town of the CPC candidate, General Buba Marwa, election observers reported that in Thukudou/Sukufu/Zar wards comprising 14 polling units, only 200 ballot boxes were distributed by INEC instead of 1, 000 ballot boxes earmarked for the polling units.


At Foru ward also in Michika comprising four polling units, INEC is said to have earmarked 8 ballot boxes for the election but only one ballot box was reportedly brought to one of the polling unit by INEC.


At Yola South LGA, Kofar Baba ward-unit 009, security agencies working in tandem with PDP agents, harass and beat up election observers whom they suspect are dishing out reports not favourable to PDP.


At Guyuk LGA, Dangir/Chikala ward, CPC agents rejected plans to conduct a secret ballot instead of open secret ballot approved by INEC. In Madagali ward, in Madagali LGA, suspected PDP supporters snatch a ballot box with CPC voters said to have casted the most votes. At Zumo, in Hong LGA, with about 2500 votes, CPC agents are being singled out and arrested by security agents. 

INEC Has A Lot To Do Post Election Already

Nigerian elections are often characterised by more drama than regular polls