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INEC Reschedules Elections in Gwer, Gboko and Tarka Local In Benue State

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INEC-The Independent National Electoral CommissionThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has rescheduled the Governorship and House of Assembly elections in Gwer, Gboko and Tarka Local Government Areas of Benue.

Dr Nentawe Yilwatda, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, who confirmed this to newsmen on Saturday in Makurdi, however did not say when the polls would hold.

He said the council wards where elections did not hold were Mbalom in Gwer, Yandev North in Gboko and Manger 11 in Tarka local government areas.

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Mr. Yilwatda listed Mbalon ward in Gwer East, Yandev North ward in Gboko and Manger ll ward in Tarka Local Government Areas of the state as the affected places.

“Mbalom council ward in Gwer East Local government Area, a group of armed men attacked the ward around 4:00 am, dispersed the ad hoc staff and destroyed every election material in the ward.

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“In Yandev North ward in Gboko LGA, at about 7 am, a group of armed men attacked and dispersed our ad hoc staff, but no election material was touched,” said Mr. Yilwatda.

He further explained, “In Manger ll ward, Tarka LGA, they attacked the unit while the ad hoc workers with the materials were in a bus being conveyed to the polls before 8:00 am. Four ad hoc staff had been taken hostage along with the election materials. Police are tracking where the staff are and if we get the staff and the materials, we will reschedule elections in the two polling units.”

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