Two nabbed for snatching ballot boxes in Niger State.

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Aug 30th, 2014
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Niger State Police command on Saturday apprehended two supporters of a political party for allegedly snatching ballot boxes at Tugan -Bako polling centre in Maikujere ward in Rafi Local Government in the Niger East Senatorial Byelection.

The Deputy Inspector General, Operation in Niger state,  Sotonye Liroy Wakama, who made the disclosure at a press briefing on the conduct of the bye- election in the senatorial zone in Minna, though did not named, which political the suspects belong to, said while the two were nabbed, the remaining are currently at large.

He described the conduct of the bye- election in the 9 local governments as peaceful, but bemoaned the lack of enough man power to man polling units and delay in the delivery of sensitive materials to polling centres as some of the challenges, encountered in the exercise.

Wakama also added that the police in the state is nutral in the exercise, saying any police officer caught in partisan politics should be reported to tge command for disciplinary action.

However, visit by our Correspondent around various polling centre in Minna, the state capital showed that despite the rain that started in the early morning, the voters still came out to perform their civic responsibility.

 Though many were denied the right to vote candidates of their choice as their names were missing on the registration list of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) when they arrived polling units early in the morning to be accredited at their centres. They left the centres disappointed.

In Paikoro and Bosso local government, the exercise was conducted peacefully as voters turned out to cast their votes at the polling units.

Speaking to Journalists shortly after casting his vote on the senatorial byelection, All Progressive Congress (APC), candidate, Bar. David Umaru expressed satisfaction at the conduct of the exercise by the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC), describing it as peaceful in the
zone.

He explained that the conduct of the senatorial poll was an improvement on what was obtained in 2011 by the eletoral umpire in its determination to get things right, ahead of the 2015 general election.

 The bye- election was to fill the vacant seat created by the death of late Senator Awaisu Kuta.

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