• Tony Igele

Edo Election Tribulal: Ballot Recounting Exercise Reveals Discrepancies

Benin City - As the Edo State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal continues sitting today, further information gathered indicated that the recounting exercise of the original ballot papers used in the September 28, 2016 election was full of discrepancies when compared with the figures declared by Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC on its form EC8A.

A source who spoke on condition of anonymity, gave graphic details of the figures obtained during the recounting exercise and the figures contained in INEC Form EC8A in the Wards and Units before the recounting was stopped following the expiration of the petitioners’ time.

He said that for instance, in Etsako West Local Government, Ward 1 Unit 1, the recounting showed 0, whereas 462 was what was declared in INEC Form EC8A and in Unit 2, the recounted result indicated 67 against 383 in Form EC8A, just as 0 was recorded during the recounting in Unit 4 against 463 in EC8A.

He said that it was the same glaring discrepancies in other units of the ward which had a total number of 1,281 as recorded in the recounted ballot papers as against 3, 329 in the Form EC8A.The source said that similar disparities were recorded in the four wards and units where ballot papers were recounted in the local government.

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