Abia Youths Protest Election Results, Say It Does Not Represent Their Wish...

Abia Youths Protest Election Results, Say It Does Not Represent Their Wish (PHOTO)

By Chidinma Unigwe | Sub Editor on March 31, 2015
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A group of youths from various local government areas in Abia State have on Monday, March 30, 2015 stormed the state Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC office with different placards expressing their grievances with the results of the just concluded general elections.

Youths in Abia State protesting the outcome of the results of the general elections on Monday, March 30, 2015. (Photo Credit: Punch)
Youths in Abia State protesting the outcome of the results of the general elections on Monday, March 30, 2015. (Photo Credit: Punch)

The police officials in the state blocked the road leading to the INEC office, while the protesters on their part blocked a section of the road leading to the state secretariat and the INEC office.

The protesters alleged that the presidential and the National Assembly elections were full of manipulation and rigging.

The protesters demanded that the result be cancelled as it does not represent the general will of the electorates, adding that there was no election in some centres where results were declared.

One of the protesters said, “How can somebody lose elections in all the wards and polling units in his constituency and end up winning at the INEC office?”

The leader of the group, Nwaji Silvanus, said, “There was no election on Saturday in various parts of the state. Cases of ballot boxes snatched and thumb printed were discovered, yet, INEC accepted the result.

“The result sheets were doctored and totally different from what they recorded from the fields. The people know who they voted for and they have come to express their displeasure at the subversion of the will of the people.”

One of the protesters, who gave his name as Emmanuel Uzo said, “The result as it stands currently does not represent the wish of the people.

“We will not accept the results. They did not reflect our wishes.”

Also speaking was an elderly man, Kingsley Eboh, also claimed that results were announced from his polling unit even though there was no election at the unit as the INEC officials fled following an attack.

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