By Idongesit Ashameri, Correspondent, Uyo

The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Akwa Ibom State, Obong Umana Umana, on Saturday halted the voting exercise during the presidential and National Assembly elections in his area on account of result sheets that were suspected to be fake.

Umana, who made known his position to newsmen at Ndiya Ward 1 in Nsit Ubium Local Government Area, while leaving out of the polling unit, said his agent discovered the result sheets were missing during the accreditation exercise.

He reported that he went on air, through Planet Radio FM, to announce the missing of result sheets, only to return to his area 30 minutes later to find some fake result sheets, without bar codes, in his polling unit, hence the decision to stop his people from voting.

In his words, “We discovered that the result sheets were missing, against INEC guidelines, which stipulate that every sensitive material must be completed before accreditation begins. This is a general complaint in all parts of the state, the result sheets they brought to us were fake because we raised the alarm.”

He suspected that officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have contravened the guidelines and brought to question the integrity of the exercise.

Umana stated that result sheets without bar codes are a significant evidence of rigging.

When Sunday Independent went round the state, there was a general complaint of missing result sheets, as none of the units that our correspondent visited acknowledged having the result sheets.

It was also observed that faulty card readers disenfranchised many voters in the state, as the slow pace of accreditation hindered many from being accredited before commencement of voting.

The accreditation process, which started as early as 8am in some local government areas, could not be completed by 1pm as earlier announced to give room for voting to commence.

In Abak LGA, as at 10am, only four voters were accredited within two hours.

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