NIGERIAN ELECTORAL OFFICER REAPPEARS FROM HIDING


A key election official in Nigeria has reappeared two days after going into hiding because she refused to announce the result of a state election re-run. The police had said Olusola Adebayo must come forward or be arrested.

She went to the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Abuja on Wednesday to say she would finish her job. Some parts of Ekiti State in Nigeria’s south-west held election re-runs on 25 April, but results have been delayed.

Mrs Adebayo claimed that attempts were being made to rig the election, which has been marred by outbreaks of political violence and intimidation. The election for state governor had to be re-run after a tribunal ruled some parts of the state had not followed the rules in the 2007 poll.

A resident electoral officer is the only person allowed to announce the results of an election. Police had said she must make an official report to them about her allegations or be “declared wanted”. Violence has delayed counting in several areas and one local government area has not yet voted.

Local media reported the opposition gubernatorial candidate Kayode Fayemi of the Action Congress was leading the ruling People’s Democratic Party candidate Segun Oni after counting had begun. The Independent National Electoral Commission (Inec) said the race was “neck and neck”.

SOURCED FROM BBC


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