Daily Trust (Abuja)

21 October 2012

Nigeria: ACN Alleges Widespread Rigging in Ondo Election

The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) yesterday alleged widespread rigging during the gubernatorial election in Ondo State.

The party's national publicity secretary Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a statement issued early in the morning, alleged that the voting process was marred by insecurity, as there were acts of thuggery in many polling units.

Mohammed said there were other forms of irregularities such as delay in the distribution of election materials in many polling units across the state.

He called on INEC officials and security agencies to move fast to rectify the situation saying the worst-hit areas are Idanre and Okitipupa.

"In Idanre, thugs on motorcycles are harassing voters and agents of the opposition. There are also reports of stuffed ballot boxes being moved to polling booths with the protection of Labour Party thugs.

The ACN said the widespread insecurity led to apprehension by voters, and called on security agencies to urgently deploy additional security to the affected areas.

The party said many agents of the party whose names were forwarded to INEC were not given accreditation tags in several polling units across the state, raising fears that ACN agents may not be able to monitor the election.

"Though election materials have been distributed to many polling units across the states, they are yet to get to several polling units, more than one hour after the election ought to have commenced.

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