Okorocha praises voters as INEC declares Imo rerun inconclusive
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the rerun election conducted in Imo North Senatorial District as inconclusive.
Also declared inconclusive were the elections for both Oru East and Isiala Mbano local government areas, and some areas where state House of Assembly rerun elections were held.
Daily Trust learnt that during the elections, sound of gunshots were heard at Okata and Amiri polling units, in Oru East Local Government Area, while pockets of violence were also reported in some voting centres in Okigwe and Onuimo areas.
Declaring the election inconclusive, yesterday, at the Okigwe INEC office, the returning officer, Prof. Arinze Agbogu, said that a supplementary election would be conducted in 15 polling units across the Okigwe Senatorial Zone, were election were not held.
He said that a new date for the election would be fixed by the electoral empire.
The returning officer said that so far, candidate of the APC, Ben Uwajumogu, who scored a total of 48,921, was in the early lead, while candidate of the PDP, Athan Achonu, trailed him with 40,142 votes.
He said that while the vote difference between the two candidates stood at 8,777, a total of 13,000 registered voters were expected to participate in the rerun.
Meanwhile, Governor Rochas Okorocha has commended the electorates in Okigwe Senatorial Zone, Oru-East and Owerri West state constituencies for supporting the APC candidates.