LIVE UPDATES: Voting ends, sorting begins as APC, PDP slug it out in supplementary governorship elections in 5 states
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is set to conduct supplementary elections in the states where the governorship elections and some House of Assembly elections were declared inconclusive.
The supplementary elections will be taking place today, Saturday, March 23.
The governorship elections were declared inconclusive in six states, namely; Bauchi, Adamawa, Plateau, Sokoto, Benue and Kano states.
However, only five of the affected states will be participating in the re-run elections as INEC has postponed the supplementary election in Adamawa state following a court order.
Thus, as residents of the concerned areas in the affected states troop out to cast their votes for their candidates, Legit.ng is on ground to give insightful and verified live updates of the elections.
Updates from Benue state: INEC staff ready for the election
Polling unit 014 (All saints primary school, Makurdi) Ward: Central South.
INEC staff already set for the exercise slated to commence at exactly 8am.
Also at Makurdi LGA, Polling Unit 011, Ward (Modern Market), INEC officials and security personnels are on ground already.
Updates from Plateau state: Accreditation and election has started
The number of registered voters 1,297. The presiding officer, Imabo Enerst, addressing electorates as election is about to start.
At 8am PU 027, ward 013 Tundu Wada Jos North LGA, accreditation and election has started.
An election observer casting his vote. Credit: Premium Times
Updates from Sokoto state: Disagreement among political parties's agents reportedly stalled the electoral process
Polling Unit 12, Ward 11 (Sarkin, Adar, Atiku)
Voting started at 8am as scheduled. However, disagreement among the agents of the political parties has reportedly stalled the process.
Also, the PO says card reader is functioning well. The number of registered voters in the unit is 585.
Updates from Kano state: Conflict erupts in a polling unit in Gaya LGA
Around 8.30am, conflict erupts in Ward Gaya Kudu, Polling Unit, agency for mass education. Security agents are, however, trying to control the situation.
However, voting is going on peacefully in PU Gidan Maigari 004 and 005, Ward Gama in Nasarawa LGA.
Some thugs who were trying to disrupt the process have been arrested by the security agents.
Updates from Benue state: Voting continues peacefully
Accreditation and voting is going on peacefully in PU 003, Ward Yandev North in Gboko LGA.
Updates from Sokoto state: Accreditation and voting ongoing
Kofar Atiku polling unit 009 in Sokoto state, voting ongoing peacefully.
Also, voting started at PU 003 Magajin Rafi B Ward, Sokoto North LGA at 08.27am, a little later than the 8am schedule, the PO says.
Updates from Kano state; PU 011, Karaye LGA, election materials yet to arrive
PU 011, Karaye LGA, election materials yet to arrive as some members of the political party are disputing the location of the polling unit.
Similar situation happens at PU Magajin Gan where there are no INEC officials available.
Updates from Plateau state: Voting ongoing in some polling units
Polling Unit: 018
Ward 06 Jenta
Plateau Hotel Junction, Jos North LGA
The number of registered voters 853. The presiding officer, David Haruna, said voting started at about 8am.
Updates from Kano state: No election in Rimin Gado LGA
Supplementary elections are also expected to take place in Rimin Gado LGA ( Attawa, Tammawa, Dika, Gulu, Rimin Gado and Jilli). A report by Premium Times, however, states that people on ground at the affected areas said “no election is going on anywhere because all the ballot papers have been pre-thumb printed."
The newspaper also reports that a member of the House of Representatives for Gwale constituency, Garba Disu, arrived the Divisional Police station in Rimin Gado and complained that “all the ballot boxes have been thumb printed. Both the lawmaker and the people we met accused the APC of the “crime”.
How the APC and the PDP currently stand in the five affected states at the first ballot
Updates from Sokoto state
PU 003 Magajin Rafi B
Ward, Sokoto North LGA.
Voting started 8.27am, a little later than the 8 AM schedule, the PO says.
The late start according to the PO was because the card reader malfunctioned.
"It's now working after it was fixed," says the PO.
The exercise is currently going on in an orderly manner.
There are 716 registered voters in this unit and the turnout is huge.
Premium Times observes separate lines for males and females queuing to exercise their voting right.
This is typical of other areas in Muslim-dominated Northwest state, the newspaper notes.
Updates from Sokoto: A physically challenged person determined to vote
"Despite the election violence, Habba Muhammad, a physically challenged Sokoto citizen, is determined to participate."
Updates from Kano state: Voting ongoing where there were earlier claims of no voting
Voting is going on smoothly at PU002 in Atawa village, Rimin Gado local government area Kano. This is contrary to earlier reports that no election is holding in the area
Updates from Plateau state: Large turn-out of voters
PU 014 Jenta Mangoro
Ward 06 Jenta Adamu,
Jos North LGA
There is huge voters turn out as observed in all four voting points. The polling unit has 2,017 registered voters.
Updates from Kano state: INEC officials just arrived PU 33, Ward Goburawa in Kano LGA.
INEC officials just arrived PU 33, Ward Goburawa in Kano LGA.
Updates from Bauch state: Voting going on peacefully
PU: Sala Primary School (019)
- Security personnel present (Police, NSCDC, Immigration)
- Card Readers are working well
- Average voter turn out
- APC, PDP, PRP, SDP Party agents are present
Updates from Plateau state:
PU 06 and PU 07,
WARD 11 at Angua Hausawa, Mishakam Palace, Mangu LGA
Voting is going on smoothly. European Union observers are seen observing the process. There are 1,453 registered voters here.
Updates from Kano state: Nasarawa LGA
The Kano state commissioner of police, Mohammed Wakil, just arrived and he was received with shouts of “Singham” by both voters and onlookers who were all hailing the top cop.
The larger bulk of votes is expected from Gama ward in Nasarawa local government which has a total of 62 polling units.
Meanwhile, election is going on smoothly though locals are complaining that some of the voters are not from Gama.
Updates from Sokoto state: Underage voters sighted
Underage voters photographed while casting their ballot at Bondiga Tauma Ward in Sokoto.
Underage voters photographed while casting their ballot at Bondiga Tauma Ward in Sokoto. Credit: Sahara Reporters
Updates from Kano state: PDP calls for cancellation of the ongoing supplementary elections
Rabiu Suleiman Bichi, the Kano state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has reportedly called on INEC to cancel the ongoing supplementary elections with immediate effect.
He cited violence and other forms of electoral irregularities for the reason behind the call.
Meanwhile, At PU 03, Gama Ward, Nasarawa LGA of Kano state, voters and observers were denied access to the polling unit.
Updates from Sokoto state: Party bigwigs clash at polling units
Some notable party chieftains have engaged in popularity supremacy at Magajin Gari ward ‘B’ Shiyyar Danfarijo polling unit 005 and 009, where supplementary polls are taking place.
This led to chaos in the supplementary poll for the Sokoto North local government area of Sokoto state.
The presence of party chieftains, Alhaji Murtala Daniya of the PDP and two APC) chieftains, Alhaji Abdullahi Hassan, a one time chairman of Sokoto North LGA and APC youth leader, Nasiru Italiya at the polling center disrupted the procesess.
Police had to use teargas on the crowd and deploy more personnel before normalcy was restored after the election was put on hold for about three hours.
Updates from Kano: Violence as residents scamper for safety
"The news coming out of Kano is disheartening. We are hearing of armed thugs attacking voters and disrupting the polls This video is out of Minjibir where voting was allegedly disrupted by armed thugs," popular journalist Kadaria Ahmed wrote as she shared photos and video of the disruption on Twitter.
Updates from Sokoto state: Counting of votes begins
Counting of votes has started at PU 002 Buida Bakintiti, Dange-Shune LGA, Sokoto state.
Updates from Bauchi state: Voting ends, counting begins
In Bauchi: Voting has ended in Jankude Ward, Polling Unit Bakin Rijiya 015, Itas Gadau LGA. Sorting and counting of votes now on.
Updates from Kano state: Commissioner arrested
Muktar Yakasai, Kano state commissioner for special duties, has been arrested for allegedly leading suspected thugs to disrupt the election at Yelwa Secondary School in Dala LGA. Policemen in the state were said to have picked Yakasai up alongside some of the suspected thugs.
Updates from Benue state: Election materials set ablaze
In Benue, elections did not hold in Azendeshi Ward, Chito, Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State, after political thugs set election materials for the entire ward ablaze.
Updates from Kano state: Police send reinforcement to Gama ward
The police command in Kano state has sent more reinforcement of security personnel to Gama ward of Nasarawa local government to beef up security at the polling units located in the ward.
The public relations officer of the command, DSP Abdullahi Haruna, disclosed this to NAN.
He said that the deployment of additional security personnel to the areas followed the visit by the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Anthony Micheal, to the area.
He said that following the report on the security challenges at the area, the DIG visited the ward to assess the security situation there.
According to him, the deployment of additional security personnel was necessary as part of efforts to enhance security as well as ensure the protection of lives and property in the affected areas.
“The DIG has visited Gama ward to assess the situation and had since sent more reinforcement to protect lives and property,” he said, adding that the situation had since been brought under control.
On the alleged arrest of the commissioner for special Duties, Muktar Ishaq, the police spokesman denied the story, saying “I am not aware of arrest of any commissioner”.
Updates from Benue: Voting cancelled in a ward
Voting has been cancelled in Chito Adzendechi ward in Ukum LGA, Benue state, after election materials were burnt by suspected thugs.
Channels TV quoted Nentawe Yilwatda, the state REC, as saying this while reacting to the attacks. There are 13,000 registered voters in the ward.
Atiku reacts as the supplementary elections continue
The PDP presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has lamented reported cases of violence that have marred the supplementary elections in some polling units.
Updates from Sokoto state: Voting ongoing
Voting still on at Magajin Rafi B Ward, Polling Unit 008, Sokoto north LGA. Meanwhile, The results have started trickling in from some of the polling units. Check the results here.
Updates from Pleateau state: Electoral staff, policemen allegedly caught taking bribe
YIAGA AFRICA says it got reports of bribery of polling unit and security officials receiving bribe in Angwa Kasua PU 001, Ward 11, Mangu LGA in Plateau state.
Updates from Kano state: Notes from observers
Kano, of all the five states where supplementary elections took place, has recorded the highest level of violence.
At unit 008 and 010, Kwarkiya ward, Munjibir LGA, YIAGA said observers’ checklist were snatched and destroyed by suspected thugs.
Observers were also chased away at polling unit 008, Kanawa ward; Cikin Gari ward 05, in Sumaila LGA; and PU 07, Batayya ward 02, Albasu LGA.
In PUs 008 and 010, Kwarkiya ward of Minjibir LGA, Kano state, YIAGA Africa observers’ checklists were snatched and destroyed by suspected thugs.
Observers and journalists were also chased away by suspected thugs in polling unit 008, Kanawa ward; Cikin Gari ward 05, in Sumaila LGA; and PU 07, Batayya ward 02, Albasu LGA; Zango PU 021, Karaye ward 03, Karaye LGA - all in Kano state.
Also, Muhammad Garba, Kano state commissioner of information, was attacked by suspected thugs at Yelwa ward of Dala local government.
The Cable reports that Garba was with Aminu Amu, his finance counterpart, when he was attacked at Dala.
“PDP thugs attacked us and smashed the windscreen of our vehicle at Dala local government area," he said.
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