In the just concluded Governorship election in Cross River state, the Independent National Electoral Commission in the state has confirmed that electoral materials were hijacked by suspected thugs in four local government areas.
The areas where the electoral materials are hijacked are Abi, Bakassi, Obubra and Etung.
The development was confirmed by the Cross River Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr Frankland Briyai.
He revealed the development after monitoring the voting process at some polling units in Calabar Municipality and Calabar South.
Briyai stated that the hijacking of electoral materials which took place at Yakurr Local Government Area of the state was yet to be confirmed.
He claimed that the commission would record zero scores in all areas where materials were hijacked.
“We have had cases of a hijack of materials today. I got a call on hijack of materials in Abi, Bakassi, Obubra and Etung Local Government Areas.”
“In Yakurr Local Government Area, I got a call concerning hijack of materials but I am yet to confirm that.”
“I have said it before if they deliberately refuse to make use of the card reader by hijacking electoral materials, the affected areas will score zero.”
“Every Cross riverian and politician is aware of this.”
He expressed satisfaction with a high turnout of voters in some areas and applauded voters for their peaceful conduct during accreditation and voting.
“The security agents were doing their work accordingly in all the areas we visited and I must commend them for that”.