The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has admitted there were irregularities in some parts of Cross River during the governorship and state House of Assembly elections.
Addressing journalists in Calabar on Monday, the state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Dr. Sylvester Ezeani disclosed that there were cases of electoral fraud in most polling units in the state.
He said “in the course of the conduct of the governorship and House of Assembly elections, the Commission witnessed some challenges, which include failure of card readers and violence in a few places.”
Dr. Ezeani confirmed the cancellation of elections in several polling units due to irregularities.
According to him, “results were cancelled in some areas that recorded violence, snatching of materials and irregularities.”
The Electoral Commissioner however noted that in spite of the challenges, ‘elections in most parts of the state were free, credible and peaceful.’
He advised aggrieved political parties to seek redress through appropriate channels ‘rather than take actions that could breach her peace of the state.’