The Edo State Independent Electoral Commission (EDSIEC) Thursday released the results of the local government elections conducted Wednesday with the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) winning the chairmanship and councillorship seats in Esan West Local Government Area.
The results, according to EDSIEC, showed that Mr. Henry Irumudomon of the ACN scored over 30,000 votes to emerged winner of the chairmanship poll, while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which boycotted the elections, scored 760 votes, Labour Party (LP) 146 votes, and All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) 147 votes.
However, the commission late yesterday announced the cancellation of the elections in Esan North-east Local Government Area.
The Chairman of the commission, Mr. Solomon Ogor, who made announcement late yesterday evening, said the elections were characterised by thuggery and violence and therefore, inconclusive.
He said a new date for the conduct of the fresh elections would be announced later.
The rescheduled elections for Esan West and Esan North-East took place on Wednesday with the commission releasing the results for Esan West yesterday, leaving out those of Esan North-East.
The non-release of results by EDSIEC has heightened tension in the local government area.
Most of protesting voters who had earlier barricaded major roads leading to the local government, have receded to Uromi Police Division, awaiting the declaration of the winner of the election which was later cancelled.
In a related development, EDSIEC yesterday conducted elections in Oredo and Ikpoba-Okha local government areas earlier shifted due to the late arrival of voting materials during last Saturday’s elections.
The elections, which was monitored by THISDAY, witnessed low turnout in Oredo, while there was relative large turnout at Ikpoba-Okha.
For instance, at Agbado Primary School, Igbesamwan Primary School, Idea and Primary School polling units, voting materials arrived as early as 8.30.am for voters’ accreditation.
Similarly at Ikpoba-Okha ward 4 unit 1-6, and ward 6 unit 1-4, and other areas monitored, voting materials arrived very early for voters’ accreditation which began at about 9.30.am and ended at 12noon.
In all the polling units, security personnel were on ground to forestall possible breakdown of law and order.
Voting went smoothly in all the voting centres which began at about 12noon and ended about 3.30.pm.
As at the time of filing this report, results were yet to be declared by EDSIEC.
Meanwhile, the LP in the state has threatened to drag EDSIEC to court over what it described as “willful mutilation of the National Electoral Commission (INEC) Voters’ card by the state electoral body.
The party through its vice-chairmanship candidate for Egor local government in the April 20, 2013 local government election, Ewemade Agbonkonkon, who faulted the conduct of the elections in petition to the chairman of EDSIEC, Mr. Solomon Ogor, said the only way forward was for the cancellation of the entire process and the choice of a new date by EDSIEC for the conduct of a fresh, free, fair and credible elections.