Additional Polls: Massive Security Presence As Voting Begins In Kebbi, Rivers, and Other States

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Voting has begun in Kebbi, Adamawa, and 22 other states that are holding supplemental elections today.

Supplementary elections are being held today in 2,660 polling units in 185 Local Government Areas (LGAs) across 24 states of the Federation, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Voting has begun at the Karyo/ Umijin Nana/Baban Dutsi polling unit of the Maurida ward in the Birnin-Kebbi Local Government Area of Kebbi State, according to reports, with a large presence of party agents at the polling units.

The Baban Dutsi model primary school houses three polling units of Karyo/ Umijin Nana/Baban Dutsi, where the presidential election on February 25 was cancelled due to overvoting.

In Rivers State, supplementary elections have begun in Port Harcourt Federal Constituency Two and Khana/Gokana Federal Constituency.

Elections were held in Ward 5 and Wards 10 to 18 of Port Harcourt Federal Constituency Two, with 377 voting units. Elections were held in Wards 4 and 7 of Khana Local Government Area in Khana/Gokana. Khana has 42 voting stations that are affected.

The incumbent, Ahmadu Fintiri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), received 421,524 votes in the Adamawa governorship election, while the All Progressives Congress (APC) challenger, Senator Aishatu Dahiru, received 390,275 votes.

Similarly, in Kebbi, the APC received 388,258 votes against the PDP’s 342,980, prompting INEC Returning Officer Professor Yusuf Sa’idu to declare the election inconclusive.

He stated that the judgment was influenced by violence, destruction of election materials, interruption of electoral proceedings, and over-voting.

With both governorship elections deemed invalid, all eyes will be on the two states, each of which has 20 local government areas (LGAs) taking part in the second round of voting.

Voting is likely to take place in 69 polling units (PUs) in Adamawa, with 37,706 eligible voters, and 142 impacted PUs in Kebbi, with 94,209 voters.

Supplementary elections are being held for five senate seats: Kebbi North, Sokoto East, Sokoto North, Sokoto South, and Zamfara Central.

A total of 13,243 voters from 23 PUs in Kebbi North are eligible to vote in the election. There are 87,138 eligible voters in 169 PUs in Sokoto East. Sokoto North has 115,266 eligible voters spread throughout 185 PUs, whereas Sokoto South has 85,022 PVCs collected across 156 PUs. There are 83 PUs affected in Zamfara Central, with a total of 47,227 eligible voters.

Similarly, elections for the House of Representatives are being held in 31 constituencies in 15 states, including Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bayelsa, Ebonyi, Edo, Imo, Jigawa, Kano, Kebbi, Kogi, Oyo, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba, and Zamfara.

There are 59 constituencies in 17 states involved in the state House of Assembly elections. Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Niger, Ogun, Taraba, and Yobe are the states involved.

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