The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday, March 29, 2015 allayed fears of the authenticity of election results in Bauchi State in the aftermath of attacks by assailants, suspected to be members of Boko Haram sect, stating that the attacks would not affect the election results.
Making the remarks was the Bauchi State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Hamman Tukur, who said the attacks in Darazo, Kirfi and Alkaleri areas of the state were insignificant, as elections had closed in Kirfi and Alkaleri when the attacks took place, while elections were ongoing as at the time of the Darazo attack.
Tukur further revealed that no life was lost in the attacks and no serious damage done to the electoral materials as security agents were dispatched promptly.
He said: “The matter was brought under control in Darazo, and voting continued normally.”
Tukur also stated that reports of INEC officials withholding result sheets were reported, with the suspected culprits reported to security agents.
He said: “We got information that some polling units in Bauchi metropolis were not given result sheets even though we dispatched them.
“We alerted security agencies and gave them details of eight persons suspected to be behind the problem.
“Three have already been arrested and are in police custody while we supplied extra result sheets to the affected polling units through the electoral officer in charge of Bauchi (Town).’’